Vastavam web: President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer acknowledged that the president’s company pursued a Trump Tower in Moscow during the Republican primary, but that the plan was abandoned “for a variety of business reasons.” He said that at one point he sent an email to the spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin about approvals from the Russian government.The attorney, Michael Cohen, said in a statement to the House intelligence committee that he worked on the real estate proposal with Felix Sater, a Russia-born associate who he said claimed to have deep connections in Moscow.
The discussions occurred in the fall of 2015, months after Trump had declared his candidacy, and ended early last year when Cohen determined that the project was not feasible, according to a copy of Cohen’s statement obtained by The Associated Press.Cohen also disclosed that Trump was personally aware of the deal, signing a letter of intent and discussing it with Cohen on two other occasions.In a statement, the Trump Organization emphasized that the licensing deal “was not significantly advanced,” noting that no site or financing materialised during the negotiations. The company also said it was never paid any fees as part of the deal, and the signed letter of intent was nonbinding.
“To be clear, the Trump Organization has never had any real estate holdings or interests in Russia,” the company said.The negotiations of the possible Trump Tower Moscow deal were first reported Sunday night by The Washington Post.”Our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it,” Sater wrote in an email, according to the Times.”I will get all of Putins team to buy in on this, I will manage this process.”
He also said in another email about a possible ribbon- cutting: “I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected.” In the two-page statement obtained by the AP, Cohen said he emailed Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, after Sater suggested that “the proposal would require approvals within the Russian government that had not been issued.”