Last week it was revealed that Donald Trump was trying to build Trump Tower Moscow during the election, and that his attorney Michael Cohen and business partner Felix Sater were leading the way in trying to make it happen. It was also revealed that Trump signed a letter of intent to build it, erasing any shot at deniability. Now an email from Sater to Cohen has surfaced regarding the project, and it directly incriminates Donald Trump.
The email in question has been obtained by the Daily Beast, and it’s brief but stunning. Felix Sater wrote the following to Michael Cohen, verbatim with some missing apostrophes and a missing word or two: “Attached is the signed LOI by Andrey Rozov. Please have Mr. Trump counter-sign, signed and sent back. Let’s 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 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.” (link). That’s the full text of the email, and it tells us a lot.
There are a few key details that stand out. “LOI” refers to letter of intent. It’s been previously reported that Trump did in fact sign the letter. This means that Cohen, and by extension Trump, agreed with Sater’s premises laid out in the email. In other words, the Trump Tower Moscow was partly an attempt at conspiring with a foreign government to influence the outcome of the election, and partly and effort at making foreign profits from the election. These are both crimes. Trump’s decision to sign the letter of intent, after the project was framed to him in this manner, directly incriminates him.
In addition, the email reveals just how thoroughly the Trump and Putin camps were colluding during the election. It documents that Trump’s camp was even willing to help frame Putin’s messaging on the project so he could sell the idea that Trump should be president. If Special Counsel Robert Mueller didn’t already have this incriminating email, he does now.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report