Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump knowingly conducted illegal business in Communist Cuba during Fidel Castro's rule in the '90s, a bombshell report claims.
The scathing allegations are outlined in a Newsweek cover story set to drop Thursday morning, according to an excerpt obtained by MSNBC.
The "Castro Connection" story claims Trump spent at least $68,000 in 1998 for a business foray into Cuba — even though any corporate activity in the Caribbean country was completely illegal without government approval at the time.
With the real estate mogul's knowledge, executives at Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts reportedly funneled the cash through an American consulting firm called Seven Arrows Investment and Development Corporation, internal company records and court filings show.
Seven Arrows consultants would travel to Cuba to scope out potential business opportunities and then instruct Trump how to obscure his actual intensions by linking the venture to bogus charitable efforts
As if that wasn't enough, the excerpt claims the business mogul's sketchy activities came just before he launched his first presidential bid seeking the nomination of the Reform Party.
On his first day campaigning for that nomination, Trump traveled to Miami where he promised a group of Cuban-Americans he would maintain the embargo against the communist country and never spend any of his or his company's money there until Fidel Castro had been removed from power.
The potentially incriminating allegations come at the heels of Trump during the first presidential debate calling himself a "smart" businessman for not paying any federal taxes.
Meanwhile, pundits and politicians across the ideological spectrum have called on Trump to release his tax returns to no avail.