‘Every week dozens and dozens of foreign businessmen are approaching us, mentioning possible investments, searching for contacts. For us, it’s not different. For you, it’s a future President Trump. For us, it’s one of the other applicants.’
Peskov’s remarks followed the president’s former self-described fixer and personal attorney Michael Cohen’s guilty plea. The fixer pled guilty to lying to Congress, which was a warning to the rest of the Trump crowd.
Cohen, 52, also told the man heading up the investigation into the Russian cyberattack on the American 2016 presidential election, Robert Mueller, details about the plans to build a Moscow Trump Tower. The then-presidential election candidate continued discussions about the huge project until June 2016, according to Cohen. That was just months before the nation-wide election.
The revelations raised new questions about Trump’s involvement in a possible Moscow deal that never came to fruition. Was there a conspiracy?
Peskov said many people talked to Russia about building projects, but Trump’s broke off. The Russian said there were:
‘…two emails and one telephone call, returned telephone call, asking what they wanted and why they wanted to be in contact with (the Russians) presidential administration. We told them that Russian presidential administration is not dealing with construction works, but they could arrange contacts with potential Russian counterparts at an economic forum in St. Petersburg.’
Instead, Peskov said the U.S. GOP candidate “did disappear.” Then, the Russian noted that he had never had any direct talks with Cohen.
The NBC News reporter asked the Russian if that sounded strange — that Cohen met with Peskov’s people, but then nothing happened. Peskov retorted:
‘This is not our struggle, it’s their struggle, we wish them success.’
‘Everybody knew (about the project which was) more or less of an option that we were looking at in Moscow.’
Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi said Cohen’s guilty plea:
‘…provides additional documented proof that President Trump’s inner circle has brazenly lied and covered up the truth to protect the President,” and that “this desperate dishonesty makes all Americans ask what the Russians have on Trump, politically, personally or financially.’
Cohen pled guilty to eight felony counts of bank fraud, tax evasion, and campaign finance violation in August 2018. This included a hush money payment concerning Trump’s affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels while Melania was recovering from the birth of her only child with Trump. Cohen’s latest plea occurred recently.
Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will become the next Speaker of the House. She has said that Congress must pass legislation to protect Mueller.