Trump lawyer: Moscow project wasn’t fea­si­ble

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ended early last year when Co­hen de­ter­mined that the project was not fea­si­ble, ac­cord­ing to a copy of Co­hen’s state­ment ob­tained by The As­so­ci­ated Press. Co­hen also dis­closed that Trump was per­son­ally aware of the deal, sign­ing a let­ter of in­tent and dis­cussing it with Co­hen on two other oc­ca­sions.

The po­ten­tial deal shows that the Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion was ac­tively con­sid­er­ing do­ing busi­ness in Rus­sia dur­ing the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, pro­vid­ing spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller’s in­ves­ti­ga­tors con­sid­er­able fod­der for turn­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Rus­sian col­lu­sion to­ward Trump’s per­sonal and busi­ness fi­nances. Trump has said Mueller would be cross­ing a red line by delv­ing into his fi­nances.

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. The com­pany also said it was never paid any fees as part of the deal, and the signed let­ter of in­tent was non­bind­ing.

“To be clear, the Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion has never had any real estate hold­ings or in­ter­ests in Rus­sia,” the com­pany said.

The ne­go­ti­a­tions of the pos­si­ble Trump Tower Moscow deal were first re­ported Sun­day night by The Wash­ing­ton Post. On Mon­day, The New York Times re­ported on an email in which Sater ap­peared to boast that the real estate deal could help Trump get elected. Sater did not re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment from the AP on Mon­day.

“Our boy can be­come pres­i­dent of the USA and we can en­gi­neer it,” Sater wrote in an email, ac­cord­ing to the Times. “I will get all of Putins team to buy in on this, I will man­age this process.”

He also said in an­other email about a pos­si­ble rib­bon-cut­ting: “I will get Putin on this pro­gram and we will get Don­ald elected.”

Sater was a former real estate ex­ec­u­tive at Bay­rock Group LLC, a de­vel­op­ment com­pany that leased space in Trump Tower and also part­nered with him on var­i­ous deals.

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