As you’ve heard by now, Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about the Russia investigation. Cohen had previously said talks about the Moscow project had ended in January 2016 just prior to the Iowa caucuses, but now he’s saying Trump was kept in the loop well into his presidential campaign.
The Cohen admission appears to show that Trump was engaged in business dealings with Russia while in the middle of a campaign in which Russia interfered to help elect him.
Specifically, the plans to build Trump World Tower Moscow went well into the campaign timeline, and possibly after.
Trump says Cohen is lying, but there’s a document with Trump’s signature on it that says otherwise…
Donald Trump signed an Letter of Intent for the Trump Tower Moscow project during the time Trump was running for president. The letter was drafted by his attorney Michael Cohen, at the request of business associate Felix Sater, who himself has longstanding ties to the Russian mob.
If Trump had any amount of deniability left, multiple reports have blown that out the window with their report.
Trump signed a letter of intent to build Trump Tower in Moscow four months into his presidential campaign. This means he was the one who was orchestrating the entire thing, or that very least he knew about it. He can no longer claim Cohen and Sater were working on their own, especially since Cohen is the one who threw him under the bus. ABC News reports:
Four months into his campaign for president of the United States, Donald Trump signed a letter of intent to pursue a Trump Tower–style building development in Moscow, according to a statement from the Trump Organization’s then–chief counsel, Michael Cohen.
The involvement of then-candidate Trump in a proposed Russian skyscraper deal contradicts repeated statements Trump made during the campaign, including telling ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that his business had “no relationship to Russia whatsoever.”