Trump’s own trust lawyer, Michel Cohen, allegedly hand-delivered a “peace” plan to former national security adviser Michael Flynn, which aimed to lift sanctions on Russia and the Ukraine.
The New York Times reported on Sunday that the plan would lift sanctions on Russia. The report also says the plan was drafted by Cohen — a close confidante of President Trump. The deal was also helped along by Felix Sater, a Russian-American real estate developer who has helped the Trump Organization scout deals in Russia.
It should be noted that Sater has been linked to the Mafia. He bragged to the Washington Post last may that he “handled all of the negotiations” for the Trump Organization’s dealings in Russia since the “mid-2000’s.”
Ukrainian lawmaker Andrii V. Artemenko, was also involved in drafting the proposal.
Cohen, Sater, and Artemenko met in a hotel lobby on Park Avenue in Manhattan in late January to draw up the proposal, the Times said.
Cohen said he has not discussed the plan with Trump directly as he waits on a new appointee to the national security council role that was recently vacated because of mishandled dealings with Russian intelligence officers.
President Trump has said he was open to lifting sanctions if Russia became an ally in the fight against terrorism.
“If you get along and if Russia is really helping us,” Trump told the Wall Street Journal last month, “why would anybody have sanctions if somebody’s doing some really great things?”
Cohen, Trump’s lawyer, was named in the unsubstantiated dossier presented by top US intelligence officials to Trump and senior lawmakers last month that has increased scrutiny of his presidential campaign’s ties to Russia.
Former British spy Christopher Steele said that Cohen was part of the “ongoing secret liaison relationship between the New York tycoon’s campaign and the Russian leadership.” He claimed that Cohen met with Kremlin officials in Prague in August 2016.
Cohen is married to a Ukrainian national.
The FBI continues to investigate the original dossier of information.
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