Micheal Cohen, lawyer/fixer for popular vote loser Donald Trump, has long made certain claims about his involvement in trying to get a Trump Tower built in Moscow. Cohen says that beginning in September of 2015, he was working with Russian developer Felix Sater to build the luxury hotel/office/apt. complex that would be called Trump World Tower Moscow.
Cohen told Congress that he gave up on the project in January 2016 after determining that the “proposal was not feasible for a variety of business reasons and should not be pursued further.”
Except, and I know this will be shocking for many readers, Cohen lied.
Prosecutors and congressional investigators have obtained text messages and emails showing Cohen had been working on the deal far later than he had previously acknowledge in the statement to congress.
Yahoo News has learned that text messages and emails that Sater provided to the government seem to contradict Cohen’s version of events. The communications show Cohen was discussing the deal until at least May 2016.
Multiple sources have described to Yahoo News the texts and emails with Cohen that Sater has provided to the government. Sater confirmed to Yahoo News that he provided all of his texts and emails with Cohen to special counsel Robert Mueller’s team as well as to the House Intelligence Committee and the Senate’s Intelligence and Judiciary committees.
“I was trying to build the tallest tower in Europe. For me, it was a business transaction,” Sater told Yahoo News.
“I have fully cooperated with every investigation and every committee. I have provided absolutely everything voluntarily, and not under subpoena, that was asked of me and will continue to willingly cooperate. All my communications show I was tenaciously trying to get a supertall tower built and nothing else.”
Of course, Cohen and his attorneys did not responded to requests for comment.
Mueller’s probe into Russian intervention in the 2016 election has increasingly turned its focus on Cohen, who spent over a decade as an executive at Trump’s company and became one of the future president’s closest confidants. Cohen left the Trump Organization after Trump’s election, but he remained the president’s personal lawyer.
I know it’s getting harder and harder to keep up with the lies and corruption of the Trump world. There’s just so much of it. However, the upside for Robert Mueller is he has much more to work with.