Last night came the news that Donald Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen and Donald Trump’s business partner Felix Sater had been working on a plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow during the election. This almost certainly meant that Trump himself was in on it, which would confirm that he was indeed conducting financial business with the Kremlin while he was running for President. But if Trump had any sliver of deniability, that just went out the window.
Not only did Donald Trump know that his attorney and his business partner were seeking to build a Trump Tower in Moscow during the election, he signed a letter of intent to build it, according to ABC News (link). This confirms that Trump was front and center on this project, meaning that he can’t even try to claim that he didn’t know Cohen and Sater were conducting this business in his name. Moreover, this damning revelation about the letter of intent is coming from Cohen himself.
Not only is Michael Cohen cooperating with the investigation into the Trump-Russia scandal, he’s giving up key details. Cohen is confirming that he and Donald Trump discussed the Trump Tower Moscow project on three separate occasions – and the letter of intent serves to back up Cohen’s version of the story. Remarkably, Cohen is Trump’s longtime personal and business attorney, but it appears that attorney-client privilege didn’t prevent Cohen from giving up this information. For that matter, Cohen has hired his own attorney to represent him the scandal. But it gets worse for Trump.
According to the New York Times, Michael Cohen reached out to Vladimir Putin through his spokesman in the hope of making the Trump Tower Moscow deal happen (link). Now all that’s left to do is to prove that Trump signed off on his attorney Cohen reaching out to Putin, and that will prove that Trump was indeed conducting financial business with Putin during the election.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report