Lawyer Discussed Russia Deal With Trump During Campaign 3 Times

Trump has had a complex relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin including publicly calling for more cordial relations with Moscow

Trump has had a complex relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin including publicly calling for more cordial relations with Moscow

In a statement to the House Intelligence Committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen said Monday the president's company pursued a project in Moscow during the Republican primary.

In a separate email published by The Washington Post, Cohen reached out to Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov in January 2016 to ask for help in advancing the Trump Tower proposal in Moscow. The committee is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. The statement was subsequently obtained by the AP.

Carol Leonnig, staff writer for The Washington Post, talks with Rachel Maddow about new revelations that Donald Trump was pursuing a business deal in Moscow while campaigning, and why his aides saw a Russian deal as an asset to the campaign.

Leaked emails show one of Donald Trump's associates previous year advocated enlisting Vladimir Putin to get Trump elected, using a real estate deal as payback.

The Moscow Trump Tower deal was "unrelated" to Trump's presidential campaign, Cohen insisted.

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". Ryan did not respond to a request for comment.

Trump has emphatically denied having any business connections with Russian Federation.

"If true, these contacts demonstrates a nexus between Trump Organization business dealings and United States policy toward Russian Federation and Ukraine", Wright said.

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And the sooner we remove the ambiguity, the sooner we will be in a position to discuss the future relationship and a transitional period'.

The business associate bragged about his ties to Vladimir Putin and suggested he would get Putin's team to "buy in" to the deal.

But Mr Peskov said the request was off-topic and that responding to it fell outside his job description. Cohen stressed that the plan was abandoned for various reasons.

"Our boy can become president of the U.S. and we can engineer it", Slater wrote, adding: "I will get all of Putin's team to buy in on this". In the e-mail, lawyer Michael Cohen wrote about what Peskov called "a certain Russian company and certain people" who wanted to build a skyscraper in Moscow and sought help for the project.

Ivanka Trump told the paper she wasn't involved in the Russian Federation deal, having only taken 'a brief tour of Red Square and the Kremlin but I have never met President Vladimir Putin'.

In Sater's published emails, he repeatedly tries to convince Cohen he has extensive contacts in Russian Federation and this could help Trump's election chances.

"Mr. Sater, on occasion, made claims about aspects of the proposal, as well his ability to bring the proposal to fruition", he said.

There is no evidence in the emails that Mr. Sater delivered on his promises. Sater was convicted of assault in 1993 for stabbing a man in the face with a broken margarita glass.

Cohen said the proposal, which was contingent upon the developer finding an appropriate property and getting necessary permits, was under consideration until the end of January 2016. He later became a government informant upon his conviction years later in a $40 million Mafia stock fraud scheme.

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