Donald Trump was just got caught in an epic lie by the Washington Post about business ties to Russia who obtained leaked emails, which break the President’s blanket alibi.
Trump has denied all connections to Russia throughout the campaign, telling Miami’s CBS affiliate last July “I mean I have nothing to do with Russia. I don’t have any jobs in Russia. I’m all over the world but we’re not involved in Russia.”
The truth is that Donald Trump signed a formal letter of intent to build a tower in Moscow during the Presidential campaign. The Washington Post reports:
Trump never went to Moscow as [Felix] Sater proposed. And although investors and Trump’s company signed a letter of intent, they lacked the land and permits to proceed and the project was abandoned at the end of January 2016, just before the presidential primaries began, several people familiar with the proposal said.
Nevertheless, the details of the deal, which have not previously been disclosed, provide evidence that Trump’s business was actively pursuing significant commercial interests in Russia at the same time he was campaigning to be president — and in a position to determine U.S.-Russia relations. The new details from the emails, which are scheduled to be turned over to congressional investigators soon, also point to the likelihood of additional contacts between Russia-connected individuals and Trump associates during his presidential bid.
Mob connected ex-felon, Felix Sater, worked with the Trump Organization during the Republican primary on a Moscow tower as late as January 2016, telling a Russian news outlet after the election that he “advised” the campaign. He’s also the key man in a $350 million bank fraud civil trial which has implicated the entire Trump family for hiding his financial crimes from lenders financing the Trump SoHo hotel in Manhattan.
Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, corresponded with Felix Sater in his capacity as Executive VP of the Trump Organization in 2015 when the Russian-emigre bragged in emails that the two Brooklynites would both build a massive tower and elect the President.
The White House refused to comment, deferring questions to Trump’s lawyer’s attorney, who explained that Cohen is providing Congress with anything they request according to the Post:
Cohen, a longtime Trump legal adviser, declined to comment, but his attorney, Stephen Ryan, said his client “has been cooperating and will continue to cooperate with both the House and Senate intelligence committees, including providing them with documents and information and answering any questions they may have about the Moscow building proposal.”
Sater also wrote an email to Cohen saying that Trump should go to Moscow because Vladimir Putin would then say “great things” about him.
Sure enough, Vladimir Putin did say great things about Trump right around that time period during his annual news conference, causing a massive amount of head scratching in the United States, as mainstream news outlets asked if this was a formal endorsement of then-Republican front runner Trump.
Several months ago, we just witnessed a French far-right presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen, make exactly the same kind of trip to Moscow for Putin’s praise. It’s no coincidence that her opponent suffered a massive email hack attack at a pivotal moment of the campaign. Trump’s own right-wing propaganda machine was “given the scoop” and spread the French email hacks from America.
The Post’s reporting is consistent with recent reports indicating that Felix Sater has turned informant on his longtime business partner and boss Donald Trump.
This week’s revelation of a very active Trump Tower Moscow project completely destroys the President’s repeated, blanket alibis attempting to hide his deep ties to Russia.
Grant Stern is an Editor-At-Large for OccupyDemocrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition