Kremlin says it got the Trump Tower email but didn't respond

Trevor Jackson
August 31, 2017

(Vatican Radio) The Russian government says U.S. President Donald Trump's lawyer reached out to them during the 2016 presidential campaign, seeking help for a massive real estate project in Russia.

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists that the Trump Organization's chief counsel at the time, Michael Cohen, sent a message to a publicly available Kremlin press-service email address asking for support for a never-realised project to build a Trump Tower in the Moscow City business district.

Potential Russian interference in the US election and possible improper channels between the Trump campaign and Russia are the subject of investigations in Congress and the Department of Justice. The statement was subsequently obtained by the AP. We know from yesterday's report that a Russian-born business associate had promised he could get Putin to help with it and that it would help get Trump elected as well.

Cohen, Trump's attorney and spokesperson, sent Peskov an email and requested his help in advancing a Trump Tower real estate project in Moscow.

The documentation released by Cohen includes a letter of intent, signed by Trump, to construct what would've been the tallest building in the world on a piece of prime real estate in Moscow. Ryan did not respond to a request for comment.

Peskov added that he has never met attorney Michael Cohen, a private attorney for President Donald Trump, in person.

"To be clear, the Trump Organization has never had any real estate holdings or interests in Russian Federation", the company said. "I will get all of Putins team to buy in on this, I will manage this process". He said the plan was abandoned for various reasons.

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Mr Peskov, answering questions about the matter on a conference call with reporters on Wednesday, said he had seen the email among many others he said he received every day, but had not responded to it because the request was not the kind of thing he dealt with in his job as Kremlin spokesman.

The businessman, Felix Sater, told Politico at the time that the objective of his visit last August was "confidential".

Ivanka Trump told the paper she wasn't involved in the Russian Federation deal, having only taken 'a brief tour of Red Square and the Kremlin but I have never met President Vladimir Putin'.

Emails exchanged between Sater and Cohen in November 2015 indicate that they were preparing to celebrate not only Trump's election victory, but also the potential Russian Federation deal.

"Our boy can become president of the U.S. and we can engineer it", the Times quoted one of Sater's e-mails to Cohen as saying. "I did not feel that it was necessary to routinely apprise others within the Trump Organization of communications that Mr. Sater made only to me". He later became a government informant upon his conviction years later in a $40 million Mafia stock fraud scheme. Moreover, Noah pointed out that the man behind the alleged transaction is Felix Sater, a close associate of Trump.

Previous reports had indicated that efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow were underway during the presidential campaign in 2015, but it had not been reported that those efforts continued into 2016.

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