Emails reveal Trump plans for building tower in Moscow during 2016 campaign

Trump's Moscow project was abandoned last year – just before the presidential primaries began – because it lacked land and Russian permits

Trump's Moscow project was abandoned last year – just before the presidential primaries began – because it lacked land and Russian permits

A top executive from Donald Trump's real estate company emailed Russian President Vladimir Putin's personal spokesman during the USA presidential campaign previous year to ask for help advancing a stalled Trump Tower development project in Moscow, according to documents submitted to Congress on Monday.

The email was sent in mid-January 2016 shortly before the first Republican Party primaries, as Trump stood out on the campaign trail for his warm rhetoric about the Russian president. The statement was subsequently obtained by the AP.

But his presence there seven months after the Moscow real-estate deal fell through, and less than three months before Election Day, raises questions about who in President Donald Trump's orbit he was still in touch with - and why.

The latest Trump-Russia revelations - this time concerning a Moscow real estate project scuttled in early 2016 - fit in well with the comical history of Trump's attempts to do business in Russia. Neither responded immediately to a request for comment.

The emails involved Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.

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"To be clear, the Trump Organization has never had any real estate holdings or interests in Russian Federation, " the Trump Organization said on Monday in a statement. 'I will get all of Putins team to buy in on this, I will manage this process, ' he wrote, the New York Times reported.

Russian president Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday that they received Mr Cohen's email, which was sent to the press office's general email address.

"This email said that a certain Russian company together with certain individuals is pursuing the goal of building a skyscraper in the "Moscow City" district, but things aren't going well and they asked for help with some advice on moving this project forward", Peskov said.

He spoke shortly after Trump lawyer Cohen already acknowledged that he contacted the Kremlin on behalf of his client.

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.

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"No deal was made, no visit was made", Conway claimed on Tuesday.

"Felix Sater, boy, I have to even think about it", Trump told The Associated Press at the time.

He told a news conference the next day: 'I have nothing to do with Russian Federation'.

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.

Sater became an Federal Bureau of Investigation informant after he was convicted years later in a $40 million stock fraud scheme. Anyone looking for a genuine $40 MAGA hat or a TRUMP THAT BITCH shirt at the shop instead found Trump brand KKK hoods, pee-proof rubber sheets, and postcards honoring the "45th President of the United States Vladimir Putin".

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