Donald Trump thrust his daughter into his business early. She and her brothers are all executive vice presidents in the family business. Her father sent her to Russia in 2006, at the age of 25. to ride around Moscow with the Russian, Felix Sater, scoping out possible real estate locations.
In an email to her father, the Independent.UK reported that Sater wrote:
‘I arranged for Ivanka to sit in Putins private chair at his desk and office in the Kremlin.
In 2015, Sater urged the president to open a Trump Tower Moscow and emailed Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen. Ivanka said it was “possible,” that it happened, but she did not remember it.
Cohen negotiated with Sater and a Russian developer to build the tower. Donald Trump actually signed “a nonbinding letter of intent on Oct. 28, 2015, the day of the third Republican debate” so that the developer could brand the tower with Trump’s name.
The spa and fitness facilities in the hotel could have carried the “The Spa by Ivanka Trump” advertising. BuzzFeed wrote that Ivanka would have:
‘Sole and absolute discretion (for final say on) all interior design elements of the spa or fitness facilities.’
Sater’s name has been all over Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s attack on the 2016 presidential election and possible conspiracy with the Trump campaign. He was born in the Soviet Union, worked in Russia, and is a convicted stock swindler who brokered “a Ukrainian peace plan that Vladimir Putin would have loved,” according to BuzzFeed News.
The Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya said she thought she talked to Ivanka after the Russians’ infamous meeting with Donald Trump Jr. at Trump tower. The lawyer said they exchanged “pleasantries” as they both waited for an elevator in the building, according to Newsweek.
Now, Ivanka has been linked to a former Russian bodybuilder. During the presidential campaign, she hooked up him up with candidate Trump’s attorney, Cohen.
The man, Dmitry Klokov, now 35, offered to introduce Ivanka’s father to the Russian president. Trump was still interested in building a “100-story Trump tower is Moscow,” Buzzfeed reported based upon exclusive emails and four sources.
Congressional investigators have also seen emails and talked to witnesses about the incident. Mueller’s investigators have had access to the emails and individuals, too.
Back in 2015, Ivanka instructed Cohen to talk to Klokov, and that led to a string of email communications between the two men and copying the president’s eldest daughter. In them, the Russian offered to pave the way with Putin. Klokov has denied the emails.
Ivanka questioned “Cohen’s refusal to continue communicating with Klokov, according to one of the sources.” The Russian currently lives in Moscow:
‘I’m weightlifter, not a political.’
Chair of the Intelligence Committee, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) told Buzzfeed:
‘I can’t speak specifically to athletes, but you see the oligarchs, and there is a model for them, and they do things on behalf of the country and on behalf of Putin at their own expense — they’re not asked, they just assume the responsibility to do it, whether that’s a mercenary army in Syria or it’s screwing with elections; whether it’s the hacking out of the St. Petersburg facility. So it’s not a stretch to say if Putin allows oligarchs to make money as long as they don’t get involved in politics and they do things that are beneficial to Putin — I could see athletes falling into the same category.’
Ivanka was a developer of Trump SoHo, a troubled hotel and condominium tower in Manhattan. New York City prosecutors have thought about charging Ivanka and Donald Jr. for “allegedly misleading prospective buyers at Trump SoHo.’
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