Internal Trump Org. Documents Reveal How Trump Moscow Talks Unfolded During 2016 Campaign
A newly uncovered cache of internal Trump Organization documents shows that contrary to President Donald Trump’s own statements on the matter, plans for the Trump Moscow, a luxury real estate venture he claimed had never materialized, were, in fact, devised and that “the effort to get the tower built was long-running, detail-oriented and directly entwined with the ups and downs of his campaign,” according to a breaking report from Buzzfeed News.
Trump has repeatedly denied ever conducting business with Russia and has said that he did not conduct any transactions with Russian oligarchs before or during his campaign. But the trail of documents reveals that as Trump campaigned around the nation, denying allegations of financial entanglements along the way, his former attorney and fixer Michael Cohen and his associate Felix Sater worked “with Trump Organization lawyers and even Ivanka Trump to push forward negotiations to build a 100-story edifice just miles from the Kremlin.”
As Trump went from rally to rally denying any dealings in Russia, his representatives, Michael Cohen, and Felix Sater, worked with Trump Organization lawyers and even Ivanka Trump to build the tallest tower in Europe. https://t.co/MOf5IWZyZs pic.twitter.com/6PJWogFHvq
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) February 5, 2019
The report goes on to note that Cohen and Sater “believed they needed Putin’s support to pull off the lucrative deal, and they planned to use Trump’s public praise for him to help secure it. At the same time, they plotted to persuade Putin to openly declare his support for Trump’s candidacy.”
The deal to construct the tallest tower in Europe was meant to “help world peace and make a lot of money.” Trump has insisted that the deal was unimportant and has, along with his attorney Rudy Giuliani, accused Cohen of lying. A Buzzfeed News report last month alleged Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about a construction deal for a Trump Tower in Moscow.
Giuliani has contradicted himself, saying that the Trump Moscow talks were “going on from the day I announced to the day I won.”
How is it that Rudy Giuliani hasn’t been disbarred yet? https://t.co/R00VhhsEQS
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@K_JeanPierre) January 20, 2019
Cohen is due to testify before Congress this week and is sure to be asked about the machinations of the deal and how it influenced the Trump campaign at the same time that Russian actors were actively leveraging social media to elevate Trump and thwart the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.