It was just last Sunday when CNN’s Dana Bash asked Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani about a letter of intent that was written in regards to a Trump Tower Moscow deal between Donald Trump and a Russian company.
Giuliani told Bash, “It was a real estate project. There was a letter of intent to go forward, but no one signed it.”
Now, as it turns out, CNN’s Chris Cuomo has obtained a copy of that letter, and on page 7 of the 18-page document, there are two signatures signing off their intentions — Andrey Rozov ofI.C. Expert Investment Co and Donald Trump of Trump Acquisition, LLC.
Andrew Rozov is the owner of I.C. Expert Investment Co., a firm out of Russia that would have been in charge of developing a Trump Tower in Mowcow.
This bombshell of a report by CNN confirms that not only did President Trump discuss a Trump Tower project in Moscow, and not only did his attorney Michael Cohen take part in the planning of that project, but Trump himself signed off on it, sometime around October 28, 2015 (when the letter is dated).
This is confirmation that during his entire presidential campaign and thereafter, Trump lied over and over again about not having any dealings with Russia.
Now, as it appears in the document seen below, Trump had definitely been working with Russia to construct a building that would had earned him hundreds of millions of dollars, according to the special counsel.Trump-letter-of-intent
This deal never went through, and it is still unknown why it was cancelled or who ultimately called it off.
It is worth noting, however, that on October 12, 2015, Felix Sater, a Russian-born developer who had been working with Trump for years and would later become one of the major proponents of the Trump Tower Moscow deal, emailed Michael Cohen telling him that a Russian bank named VTB Bank would fund a Trump Tower Moscow deal. VTB Bank happens to be sanctioned by the U.S. government.
If the deal did go through, it would have given Trump a very big incentive to lift U.S. imposed sanctions against Russia.
It’s also worth noting that as the deal fell apart, another deal may have arisen. In July of 2016, shortly after talks of the Trump Tower Moscow deal seemed to fall apart, Trump adviser Carter Page, by his own admission, flew to Russia and partook in conversations with the head of Rosneft, Igor Sechin. According to the Steele Dossier, Trump, via Page, was offered the brokerage fees of a 19% sale is Rosneft should Trump agree to lift sanctions. Then soon after Trump was elected, a 19.5% stake in Rosneft actually did sell to Qatar Investment Authority and then just days after that the head of Qatar Investment Authority, Ahmed Al-Rumaihi, was seen at Trump Tower with Michael Cohen.
Did the Rosneft deal replace the Trump Tower deal as a means for Trump to make hundreds of millions of dollars in exchange for him lifting sanctions against Russia? We will all find out once Mueller releases his report.
A newly obtained document shows President Donald Trump signed a letter of intent to move forward with negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Russia, despite his attorney Rudy Giuliani claiming on Sunday the document was never signed. https://t.co/FqppeMkkVa pic.twitter.com/yZyTiRMYs5
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) December 19, 2018