Time and time again, we have heard President Trump tell the country that he had no business dealings with Russia. Now, it appears as though this may prove to be yet another lie in the repertoire of our 45th President.
Coming on the heals of an explosive Washington Post story, which claimed that Trump’s business sought a deal on developing a Moscow Trump Tower during his Presidential campaign, comes more breaking news related to this story from the New York Times.
According to emails obtained by the New York Times, long time Trump business associate Felix Sater had contacted Donald Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, in November of 2015, making quite the promise to the future President of the United States.
“Michael, I arranged for Ivanka to sit in Putins private chair at his desk and office in the Kremlin,” Sater wrote to Cohen in 2015. “I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected. We both know no one else knows how to pull this off without stupidity or greed getting in the way. I know how to play it and we will get this done. Buddy our boy can become President of the USA and we can engineer it. I will get all of Putins team to buy in on this.”
This was all part of an email which Sater sent to Trump’s team promising to orchestrate a real estate deal directly involving Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. In these emails, Sater predicted that if Trump were to build a Moscow-based Trump Tower, it would be a boon to his candidacy.
“Michael we can own this story,” Sater continued in his emails. “Donald doesn’t stare down, he negotiates and understands the economic issues and Putin only want to deal with a pragmatic leader, and a successful business man is a good candidate for someone who knows how to negotiate. ‘Business, politics, whatever it all is the same for someone who knows how to deal'”.
Previously Ivanka Trump has denied discussing a Moscow Trump Tower deal, and stated that she had never met with Russian President Putin. While it still remains unknown if the Russian immigrant, Felix Sater delivered on his promises or not, things certainly seem quite fishy. As for Trump, his legal team didn’t have much to say about this matter, except for the following:
“He (Felix Sater) has sometimes used colorful language and has been prone to ‘salesmanship,’” Trump’s lawyer, Mr. Cohen said in a statement. “I ultimately determined that the proposal was not feasible and never agreed to make a trip to Russia.”
The Trump Organization, meanwhile, is still denying having any real estate holdings or interests in Russia.
What do you think? Is this a smoking gun of sorts for the entire Trump/Russia investigation? Let us know in the comments section below.