A letter of intent forwarded by Russian-born businessman Felix Sater to the Trump Organisation’s lawyer at the time, Michael Cohen, outlines the terms of a licensing agreement to purchase property to build a “Trump World Tower Moscow.”
Sater sent the letter of intent — dated October 13, 2015, and signed by a Russian developer named Andrey Rozov — to Cohen for then-candidate Donald Trump’s signature.
Sater included a personal note along with the letter.
“Dear Michael, Attached is the signed LOI (Letter of Intent) by Andrey Rozov. Please have Mr. Trump counter-sign, signed and sent back,” Sater wrote. “Lets make this happen and build a Trump Moscow. And possibly fix relations between the countries by showing everyone that commerce & business are much better and more practical than politics. That should be Putins message as well, and we will help him agree on that message. Help world peace and make a lot of money, I would say thats a great lifetime goal for us to go after. Sincerely, Felix Sater.”
Read the full letter below:
Trump eventually signed the letter, according to Cohen, though it is unclear whether it was this version. Emails exchanged between Cohen and Sater — who have known each other since they were teenagers — weeks later indicated that they were preparing to celebrate not only Trump’s election victory, but also the potential Russia deal.
Sater boasted of his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin in the emails, which were obtained by The New York Times last month, telling Cohen that he would “get all of Putins team to buy in” on the Moscow deal.
“Our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it,” Sater wrote, according to The Times. “I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected.”
Two months later, Cohen emailed Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, asking for his “assistance” in pushing the deal through, according to emails submitted to congressional investigators and read to The Post on Monday.
“Over the past few months I have been working with a company based in Russia regarding the development of a Trump Tower – Moscow project in Moscow City,” Cohen wrote Peskov, The Post reported. “Without getting into lengthy specifics the communication between our two sides has stalled.”
Cohen continued: “As this project is too important, I am hereby requesting your assistance. I respectfully request someone, preferably you, contact me so that I might discuss the specifics as well as arranging meetings with the appropriate individuals. I thank you in advance for your assistance and look forward to hearing from you soon.”
The Times’ Maggie Haberman said on Twitter that Cohen sent the email to a generic Kremlin email address that was not Peskov’s. Cohen told The Post that he never heard back from Peskov and that the deal was scrapped by late January of 2016.
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