- Donald Trump signed a “letter of intent” outlining plans for a Trump Tower in Moscow, according to CNN.
- The network produced what it said was a copy of the document, signed by Trump. The document was first reported on more than a year ago.
- The news appeared to contradict Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who on Sunday said “no one signed” the letter to the Russian company IC Expert Investment Company.
- Giuliani said Trump and Michael Cohen might have been discussing plans to build a tower in Moscow as late as November 2016.
- Trump’s 2016 election campaign finances are still under scrutiny by the special counsel Robert Mueller.
- Trump previously denied pursuing business with Russia during his candidacy. More recently he has acknowledged the talks, which he says were “very legal!”
A leaked business document bearing President Donald Trump’s signature contradicts a claim his lawyer Rudy Giuliani made Sunday about Trump’s plans to build a tower in Moscow, according to CNN.
Chris Cuomo, a host on the network, on Tuesday evening produced what he said was a “letter of intent” setting out a deal to explore the project between Trump Acquisition LLC and the Moscow-based IC Expert Investment Company.
Cuomo held up the document during his show, “Cuomo Prime Time,” on Tuesday evening. The document is dated October 28, 2015, several months after Trump announced his candidacy for president.
On Sunday, Giuliani had told CNN’s Dana Bash that Trump never got as far as signing that letter. According to CNN, the document shows that not to be true.
It had been reported as long ago as mid-2017 that Trump had signed a letter of intent over the tower project, which was ultimately abandoned.
Giuliani returned to the letter Sunday while talking about the would-be Trump Tower Moscow.
“It was a real-estate project,” he said. “There was a letter of intent to go forward, but no one signed it.”
Giuliani was expanding on Trump’s written answers to the special counsel Robert Mueller – who is investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
During most of the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump denied any ongoing business pursuits with Russia. He later acknowledged pursuing deals during that time but said in a tweet that the talks were “very legal!”
“Up until November 2016, they could have had a conversation about Trump Tower Moscow, and it went nowhere,” Giuliani told CNN.
Cohen pleaded guilty on November 29 to lying to Congress about the talks to build a Trump Tower in Russia. He had claimed that the plan was scrapped in January 2016 but later acknowledged that talks had extended at least to the summer.
During that period, Trump went from a political outlier to the official Republican nominee. In November he won the presidency.
The plans for the building, laid out in the letter produced by CNN, included “250 luxury residential condominiums,” a “first class, luxury hotel” spread over 15 floors, and office space of “Class A quality.”
The IC Expert Investment Company was to be the licensee of the project, able to develop it and use the “Trump” brand name, the document said.
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