A series of emails from 2015 were recovered that provide some further insight in regards to the Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election.
A business associate of Trump, Felix Sater, promised to coordinate a real estate deal with the president of Russia, Vladimir V. Putin.
In a series of emails to Michael Cohen, Trump’s lawyer, Sater bragged about his ties to Russia. He predicted that building a Trump Tower in Moscow would highlight Mr. Trump’s negotiating skills and politically boost his candidacy.
In those emails, Sater stated, “Our boy can become president of the USA, and we can engineer it. I will get all of Putin’s team to buy in on this, I will manage this process.”
These emails are a sure sign that the Trump’s associates, from the beginning, recognized their close ties to Russia as a political advantage.
American intelligence agencies have already concluded that the Russian government interfered with the 2016 presidential election in efforts to help Mr. Trump.
Investigators are currently seeking anyone on Mr. Trump’s team was part of that process.
Mr. Sater explained that he lined up funds for the Trump Tower with VTB Bank, a Russian bank that was under American sanctions for involvement in Moscow’s efforts to undermine democracy in Ukraine.
Sater wrote, “I will get Putin on this program, and we will get Donald elected.”
There is no evidence that Sater followed through with his plans, and one email even suggested that he overstated his ties with Russia.
In a statement on Monday, the Trump Organization said, “To be clear, the Trump Organization has never had any real estate holdings or interests in Russia.”
President Trump did, however, sign a non-binding “letter of intent” for the project in 2015. Mr. Cohen said he discussed the project with Mr. Trump three times, yet they were not able to get the permits and the necessary funds.
The Trump Organization handed over the emails to the House Intelligence Committee, which is currently investigating the Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election.
What are your thoughts on these emails? Even though a Trump Tower does not exist in Moscow, do you think this is a sign that Russia did, in fact, help Trump become president?
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Credit: The New York Times