Conway Claims 'Nothing Came Of' Stalled Trump Tower Project In Moscow

Kristopher Drake
August 31, 2017

"I will get all of Putin's team to buy in on this; I will manage this process". The committee is looking into potential Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The emails addressed to Michael Cohen, revealed that Mr. Sater had, by his account, close connections with Putin, and was therefore in a ideal position to broker the deal.

The story was first reported Monday by the Washington Post.

Some answers could lie in a referral from the White House on Sunday night.

Peskov was responding to a question from CNN on a conference call with reporters.

He added that the Kremlin had not received other similar requests on the matter and that he had not raised the subject of Cohen's e-mail with Putin. Ryan did not respond to a request for comment.

"Mr. Sater claimed to have appropriate relationships within the business community in Russian Federation in order to obtain the real estate, financing, government permits, and other items necessary for such a development", Cohen wrote, noting that he has known Sater for "several decades", but that the Trump Organization did not "employ" or "compensate" him in the Moscow proposal.

Sater said he was eager to show video clips to his Russian contacts of instances of Trump speaking glowingly about Russia, and said he would arrange for Putin to praise Trump's business acumen. "I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected".

The Trump Organization's unsuccessful effort to build a hotel in Moscow is the latest in a series of interactions by Trump associates and family members that have raised questions about the campaign's dealings with Russian Federation.

The attorney told the broadcaster he had discussed the tower proposal with Trump on three occasions and also admitted sending Kremlin spokesman Dimity Peskov "an email that went unanswered that was exclusively regarding a real estate deal and nothing more".

Sater had an incentive to overstate his business-making acumen.

In a statement, the Trump Organization emphasized that the licensing deal "was not significantly advanced", noting that no site or financing materialized during the negotiations.

A decade ago, Sater was an executive at Bayrock Group LLC, a development company that leased space in Trump Tower and partnered with him on Trump projects in Manhattan, Phoenix and elsewhere.

Trump has long downplayed his relationship to Sater, suggesting under oath in 2013 that he would not recognize him if they were sitting in the same room. Cohen said he discussed the project with Mr. Trump three times.

Cohen evidently maintained contact with Sater through at least January 2017.

The emails, addressed to Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen, include numerous boasts. They ended early in 2016 when Cohen determined that the project was not feasible, according to Cohen's statement.

Cohen acknowledged in a series of text messages t o Business Insider at the time that he met with Sater and Artemenko in NY for "under 10 minutes" to discuss a proposal that Artemenko said "was acknowledged by Russian authorities that would create world peace".

Donald Trump had already begun his journey towards the presidency when, according to documents obtained by the New York Times, Mr. Sater offered to "engineer" a win for the future Republican nominee.

"No, we never met, sadly ... or thankfully", Peskov said.

Sater also cast himself as putting together Ivanka Trump's 2006 trip to Moscow.

The revelations in the Trump-Russia scandal have been breaking at a striking pace in recent days, so it's probably worth taking a moment to get up to speed, because much of what we've learned has been rather stunning.

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