Prior to dismantling the credibility of his name and making his brand synonymous with racism and discrimination, businessman Trump had a good thing going for him. It was when he decided to add the prefix “President” that everything really went downhill, not only for the nation, but for his businesses as well. With conflicts of interest arising in every which way he turned, it was clear that Trump’s business dealings would inevitably clash with, what he deems, his political policies.
With the investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin engulfing much of his tenure in office thus far, reports emerged last year of plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, those of which just so happened to coincide dangerously with his campaign’s efforts. It was uncovered that Trump’s personal lawyer and now center of attention, Michael Cohen, had been communicating with a Russian associate, Felix Sater, who boasted of his friendly ties with Vladimir Putin, and the inevitable victory that would ensue for Trump with the Russian president on his side.
Sater, a known FBI informant, had reportedly been looking to secure funding for the tower through his connections at Russia’s VTB Bank, an institution that had American sanctions imposed on it for being involved in the Kremlin’s attempt to meddle with Ukrainian democracy at the time. The real estate deal, which was spearheaded by Cohen and Sater, ultimately fell through when Cohen deemed the venture inopportune for various business reasons. However, whereas Cohen claimed in a statement to Congress to have halted operations on the project at the beginning of 2016, new reports have seemingly caught the president’s personal lawyer in a bold-faced lie.
Investigators have obtained text messages, emails showing Michael Cohen was working on a deal for Trump Tower Moscow far later previously acknowledged.
Communications show that as late as May 2016 Cohen was considering a trip to Russia, Yahoo reports.. https://t.co/w6Ii2HBfCm
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 16, 2018
According to an article by Yahoo News:
‘In a statement to Congress, Cohen claimed he gave up on the project in late January 2016, when he determined the “proposal was not feasible for a variety of business reasons and should not be pursued further.”
‘However, Yahoo News has learned that text messages and emails that Sater provided to the government seem to contradict Cohen’s version of events. The communications show Cohen was discussing the deal until at least May 2016.’
BREAKING: Michael Cohen lied to Congress and was actually working with Russia on a possible Moscow Trump Tower deal as late as May of 2016.
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) May 17, 2018
Cohen, who is already the subject of criminal investigation, having had his office raided by FBI agents last month, supposedly attempted to make connections with high-ranking Russian diplomats of his own accord after Sater’s promises to make the introductions fell through. A series of emails and texts between Cohen and Sater paint the picture that the tower deal was very much intact through the first half of 2016, and had no intentions of slowing down.
"Cohen worked on Moscow Trump Tower deal for longer than he told Congress."
Why is it just so hard to write "Trump's lawyer Cohen LIED to Congress"? It's not difficult.
— Denizcan James (@MrFilmkritik) May 17, 2018
Although Cohen’s statement is not a sworn testimony to Congress, the contradictory claims made in the document open up an entirely new can of worms, raising questions as to the extent of contact and communication Cohen had with Russian officials, and if this could in any way have leaked into the Trump campaign in terms of the collusion question. As Cohen faces his own legal troubles, and the Stormy Daniels case riding on the heels of his current criminal investigation, it is clear that these revelations will only raise more questions and concerns as to the relations between Trump campaign officials and the Kremlin.
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