Although President Donald Trump and his associates vehemently deny colluding with Russian officials to affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential race, suspicious meetings keep mysteriously popping up.
According to a report by The New York Times, Felix Sater, a Russian-born real estate broker who worked for Trump, was trying to get a deal made for a Trump Tower to get built in Moscow. Sater allegedly sent emails to Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, in which he suggests that he could get Moscow to help Trump win the presidency.
“Our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it,” Sater wrote. “I will get all of Putins [sic] team to buy in on this, I will manage this process.”
“I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected,” he wrote in another email.
The Washington Post published an article on Sunday, reporting that Cohen contacted a top aid to the Russian president on a recommendation from Sater.
“As this project is too important, I am hereby requesting your assistance,” Cohen wrote Putin’s press secretary. “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.”
In the end, neither, Trump or Cohen traveled to Moscow.
“I ultimately determined that the proposal was not feasible and never agreed to make a trip to Russia,” Cohen told The New York Times.