President Donald Trump was working on a real estate deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2015 and his associated boasted that the deal would help get him elected to the U.S. Presidency.
Trump’s business partner, Felix Sater, wrote a series of emails to Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, in which he said his ties to Mr. Putin would help Trump before predicting that building a Trump Tower in Moscow would be a political stepping stone for Trump’s candidacy.
“Our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it,” Mr. Sater clearly stated in an email. “I will get all of Putins team to buy in on this, I will manage this process.”
The email proves that since the very beginning of Mr. Trump’s campaign, his associates were utilizing their ties to Russian officials in order to orchestrate a political advantage for the President.
We must note that the emails never say Sater was successful on delivering the promises he made. The Russian immigrant, however, was a broker for the Trump Organization at the time of the emails.
In a second email Sater talked about the ribbon cutting that would occur in Moscow. “I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected,” he wrote.
Mr. Cohen has talked down the emails. “He has sometimes used colorful language and has been prone to ‘salesmanship,’ ” Mr. Cohen said in a statement. “I ultimately determined that the proposal was not feasible and never agreed to make a trip to Russia.”
The email to Cohen was sent on Nov. 3, 2015.
It wasn’t the first time Sater has worked with the Trump Organization. In 2006 he arranged a trip for Ivanka Trump to Moscow. “I arranged for Ivanka to sit in Putins private chair at his desk and office in the Kremlin,” he wrote.
Ivanka Trump says during her 2006 trip she took “a brief tour of Red Square and the Kremlin but I have never met President Vladimir Putin.”
The Trump Organization was forced to release a statement that reads: “To be clear, the Trump Organization has never had any real estate holdings or interests in Russia.”
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