On Sunday's edition of 'AM Joy' on MSNBC, host Joy Ann Reid recounted the history of Donald Trump's alleged connections to the world of organized crime. David Corn and Scott Dworking discuss what is known. Corn digs into Trump's past association with mafia figures in New York and Atlantic City, and says that Trump once did business with a man who might have been involved in the plot to kill Jimmy Hoffa.
"Are these ties incidental? Are these people he did business with? Are these people he knew scoially?" Reid asked.
MSNBC political analyst David Corn responds: "Most of these people that you've heard of are people he did business with. And some people will say if you wanted to do construction work in New York in the 80s, you had to do business with the mob, anyone who did business in Atlantic City in the 90s had to do business with the mob. These were mobbed up territories. But what's really important here is that Donald Trump again, and again, and again, has lied, or not told the truth about his connections with these people."
"He said the one guy was a small-time mobster, and the other guy might have been involved in the plot to kill Jimmy Hoffa."
DAVID CORN: The best example I put in that story that you promo'd there is, he was deposed in 2007 in a case in which he was suing a New York Times reporter about a book he had written. And he was asked in that deposition: Have you ever had any associations with mob people, and he said, under oath, no, not at all.
Two years earlier, in an interview with the same reporter, he was asked about his early dealings in Atlantic City. And the two people you showed up there, who he leased his initial property for his first casino there, and in that interview he referred to both of them as mob guys. He said the one guy was a small-time mobster, and the other guy might have been involved in the plot to kill Jimmy Hoffa, the Labor Union guy with mob connections.
You have this direct contradiction. He tells people he knows he's working with mob guys, but then when it comes up under oath, he says no.