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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Karen Gravano from Mob Wives hopes Donald Trump will grant her mobster father a pardon


The daughter of mob rat Sammy "Sammy Bull" Gravano hopes Donald Trump ends up in the White House and makes her dad an offer he certainly wouldn’t refuse.

Karen Gravano, talking about the GOP front-runner’s alleged ties to organized crime, said Tuesday her father would be happy to see Trump call 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. home.

“All I can say is maybe he can give his old friend Sammy a f---in’ pardon,” the VH1 “Mob Wives” star told the Daily News.


Karen Gravano says Donald Trump is an "old friend" of her father, Sammy Gravano.

Gravano’s 70-year-old dad is serving a 20-year term for running an Ecstasy ring in Arizona while in the Witness Protection Program.

The one-time Gambino underboss turned FBI snitch, who got off on 19 murder charges, helped jail dozens of his former Mafia associates, including boss John Gotti.

He is due to be released in 2019.

"Mob Wives" star Karen Gravano hopes Trump, as President, gives her dad a pardon.
Sammy Gravano helped jail dozens of his former Mafia associates, including boss John Gotti (r.).

Trump, who has long faced allegations of connections to mob bosses running the construction racket in the city, denied knowing Gravano.

“I don’t know Sammy Gravano and to my knowledge I have never met him,” Trump said in a statement.

But Gravano’s reality star daughter said the two may have crossed paths in the past.

“Listen, at the end of the day, he was in construction in New York and the mob ran construction,” she said. “I’m sure at a certain point and time he had to have some sort of interactions with people who were in that lifestyle.”


Sammy Gravano is serving a 20-year term for running an Ecstasy ring in Arizona. He is due to be released in 2019.

Gravano said she didn’t want to overstate Trump’s possible involvement in gangland, but said facetime with her father would have been unavoidable in the 1980s.

“That doesn’t make him a made man or connected,” Gravano said. “But I’m sure if you’re in the construction industry in New York City and that you’re involved in building, you come across certain people in your life.”

Trump’s Republican rivals have seized on his possible link to unscrupulous underworld bosses.

“There have been multiple media reports about Donald’s business dealings with the mob,” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” last month. “Maybe his taxes show those business dealings are a lot more extensive than has been reported.”

Trump’s construction and casino interests raised eyebrows regarding his alleged ties to organized crime long before he launched his White House bid, including his relationship with Felix Sater — who pleaded guilty in 1998 to racketeering in a scheme involving the Genovese and Bonanno crime families.


Trump, who has long faced allegations of connections to mob bosses running the construction racket in the city, denied knowing Gravano.

Sater played a role in a number of high-profile Trump projects and carried a Trump Organization business card with the title “Senior Advisor to Donald Trump.”

Video obtained by ABC News in December showed Trump denying his relationship with the Russian émigré under oath.

Author Wayne Barrett explored the real estate magnate’s shady schmoozing with crime bosses in his 1992 book “Trump: The Deals and the Downfall.”

The book alleges numerous dealings that Trump had with the likes of Gravano, Sater and others in charge of mob-controlled concrete firms, construction companies and unions.

Trump issued a statement at the time of the book’s release calling Barrett “a second-rate writer who has had numerous literary failures.”

“The book is another example of Mr. Barrett’s personal prejudice and animosity towards me,” Trump said in the statement. “The book is boring, nonfactual and highly inaccurate.”

But Gravano himself insinuated a relationship with Trump during a 1997 interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer.

“I literally marvel at the sight of Manhattan when I see it, because I controlled it,” Gravano said. “I literally controlled Manhattan. When I see it at night — those lights and everything about it — I think of Donald Trump and Tishman and everybody else who couldn’t build a building if I didn’t want them to build it. That got me off. Plus, I made a lot of money with it.”

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/sammy-gravano-daughter-dad-pal-trump-president-article-1.2557697


2 comments:

  1. his not gonna admit he has mafia ties with the mob an trump be stupid to answer any questions from karen bout doin business with sammy the bull ....lol it'll hurt his election run........and besides sammy needs too finish out his prison term just like everybody else that went to jail

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  2. na dbesides if sammy in state prison or federal [rison cause the only person that can [ardon sammy if his state would be the govener of arizona only way sammy get a pardon is if sammy is federal and i cant remeber if his doin federal time or state time

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