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President Trump's Name Just Appeared For The First Time In The Damning 'Panama Papers'

By Mike Walsh

Back in May 2016, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) acquired a massive trove of leaked documents and published them as the Panama Papers. The cache of 11.5 million files covers 40 years of data and names more than 360,000 people linked to Mossack Fonseca, a law firm that provided offshore financial services for über-wealthy people like Donald Trump.

The papers show how the world’s richest people hide their money and their shady business dealings.

When the ICIJ published the papers, the director and co-founder of the UK-based Tax Justice Network, John Christensen, said:

It’s the biggest leak we’ve ever seen of this kind. While many people don’t know it, this affects the global economy, the way our governments work, all of us every single working day of our lives.

The Panama Papers' publication was a really big deal, and ICIJ won a Pulitzer Prize for their work.

Enter Jake Bernstein, an investigative journalist, author — and a senior reporter on the ICIJ team. Bernstein has been poring over the Panama Papers and has pinpointed Trump's first mention in the files. 

On Friday, Bernstein wrote a blog post about Trump's involvement in a questionable sale of a condo: