Courtesy of Business Insider:

MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell added to the swirl of rumor that surrounds President Donald Trump’s relationship with Deutsche Bank, suggesting that his loans with the lender were underwritten by Russian billionaires.

O’Donnell, appearing on the network Tuesday night with host Rachel Maddow, said that “this single source close to Deutsche Bank has told me that the Trump — Donald Trump’s loan documents there show that he has co-signers. That’s how he was able to obtain those loans. And that the co-signers are Russian oligarchs.”

“If true, that would explain every kind word Donald Trump has ever said about Russia and Vladimir Putin,” he said.

“If true, that would be a significant factor in Vladimir Putin’s publicly stated preference for presidential candidate Donald Trump over presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.”

Lawrence O’Donnell is a fairly measured and reasonable cable news pundit. 

For him to just make a declaration like this without a fair amount of certainty would be uncharacteristic of him.

Especially since Deutsche Bank just revealed that they do indeed have Trump’s tax returns. 

And let’s face it this would explain a whole hell of a lot about Trump’s actions while in office, and his adamant refusal to release his tax returns. 

I am going to officially adopt a wait and see attitude, but I have to say that this sounds legitimate to me.