Trump says he "lightly" discussed Moscow project in 2016

Cohen admits to lying about the potential Moscow tower, which Trump discussed during his run for president

Published November 30, 2018 1:32PM (EST)

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This article originally appeared on Raw Story


President Donald Trump admitted to “lightly” engaging in business with Russia during the presidential campaign after his attorney revealed those dealings in a guilty plea.

Trump had steadfastly denied any business ties to Russia, but his longtime attorney Michael Cohen admitted in court that he was in contact with the Kremlin in January 2016 and continued negotiations for a Trump Tower Moscow until June 2016.

“Oh, I get it! I am a very good developer, happily living my life, when I see our Country going in the wrong direction (to put it mildly),” Trump tweeted Friday morning, from Argentina.

The president claimed those Moscow dealings, which Cohen told the court continued up until a month before he won the Republican nomination, because he did not expect to win the election.

“Against all odds, I decide to run for President & continue to run my business – very legal & very cool, talked about it on the campaign trail,” he added. “Lightly looked at doing a building somewhere in Russia. Put up zero money, zero guarantees and didn’t do the project. Witch Hunt!”

Trump’s partner in the Moscow venture, Felix Sater, confirmed to Buzzfeed News that Trump’s company planned to give Russian President Vladimir Putin a $50 million penthouse in Trump Tower Moscow, if it had been built.


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