Trump Tried to Buy Property in Russia While Running For President

Trump Tried to Buy Property in Russia While Running For President
“While Donald Trump was running for president in late 2015 and early 2016, his company was pursuing a plan to develop a massive Trump Tower in Moscow, according to several people familiar with the proposal and new records reviewed by Trump Organization lawyers.

” … the details of the deal … provide evidence that Trump’s business was actively pursuing significant commercial interests in Russia at the same time he was campaigning to be president — and in a position to determine U.S.-Russia relations. The new details from the emails, which are scheduled to be turned over to congressional investigators soon, also point to the likelihood of additional contacts between Russia-connected individuals and Trump associates during his presidential bid.”

“Trump denied having any business connections to Russia in July 2016, tweeting, ‘for the record, I have ZERO investments in Russia’ and then insisting at a news conference the following day, ‘I have nothing to do with Russia.’”

— “Trump’s business sought deal on a Trump Tower in Moscow while he ran for president,” Carol D. Leonnig, Tom Hamburger and Rosalind S. Helderman, Washington Post

“A top executive from Donald Trump’s real estate company emailed Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s personal spokesman during the U.S. presidential campaign last year to ask for help advancing a stalled Trump Tower development project in Moscow, according to documents submitted to Congress on Monday.”

— “Top Trump Organization executive asked Putin aide for help on business deal,” Rosalind S. Helderman, Carol D. Leonnig and Tom Hamburger, Washington Post

More:

“Trump Associate Boasted That Moscow Business Deal ‘Will Get Donald Elected,’” Matt Apuzzo, Maggie Haberman, New York Times

“Trump signed ‘letter of intent’ for Russian tower during campaign, lawyer says,” Brian Ross and Matthew Mosk, ABC News

“Kremlin confirms Trump’s lawyer reached out about deal,” Associated Press via PBS

“Trump’s long history of seeking a politically inconvenient business deal in Russia,” Phillip Bump, Washington Post

“Trump’s Real-Estate Ambitions in Russia,” Ryan Lizza, The New Yorker

Related:

“Ex-federal prosecutor says shady Russian money is keeping the Trump Organization afloat,” Peter Weber, The Week

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