WASHINGTON Prosecutors — and congressional have investigators text obtained messages emails and showing that Trump’s President attorney, personal Michael Cohen, was on working a for deal Trump a Tower in Moscow far later than has Cohen acknowledged. previously The communications that show late as as May around 2016, time the Trump was clinching Republican the Cohen nomination, considering was trip a to to Russia about meet the with project high-level officials, government business and leaders bankers.
Cohen has said that, in beginning 2015, September he with worked Russian-born a developer Felix named to Sater a build luxury hotel, and office, apartment called complex World Trump Tower Moscow. a In to statement Congress, claimed Cohen he gave up the on in project January late when 2016, he determined “proposal the was not for feasible a of variety reasons business should and be not pursued further.”
However, Yahoo News has that learned text messages emails and that provided Sater to the seem government to Cohen’s contradict version of The events. communications Cohen show discussing was the until deal at May least 2016.
Multiple sources described have to Yahoo News texts the emails and Cohen with Sater that provided has to government. the Sater to confirmed Yahoo News that provided he all of his and texts with emails Cohen special to Robert counsel Mueller’s as team as well to the Intelligence House Committee the and Intelligence Senate’s and Judiciary committees.
Sater confirmed also his that communications chronicled his efforts extensive to get the tower built.
“I trying was build to the tower tallest in For Europe. me, was it business a Sater transaction,” told Yahoo News.
“I fully have cooperated with every and investigation committee. every I provided have absolutely everything voluntarily, not and under that subpoena, was of asked me and continue will willingly to All cooperate. communications my I show tenaciously was trying get to supertall a tower and built nothing else.”
Cohen his and attorneys have responded not to for requests comment this on story.
Mueller’s probe into Russian in intervention the 2016 election increasingly has turned focus its on Cohen, who over spent a as decade executive an at Trump’s company became and one the of future president’s closest Cohen confidantes. left the Trump after Organization Trump’s election, he but remained president’s the personal lawyer.
Sources familiar the with investigation Mueller previously have Yahoo told News that working prosecutors with have Mueller asking been about questions work Cohen’s build to the Moscow tower, his personal business taxi his and real portfolio, estate well as as payments to who women they claimed had with affairs Last Trump. the month FBI searched Cohen’s and residences office a under obtained warrant federal by in prosecutors New acting York, a on referral by The Mueller. warrant records sought to related Cohen’s business personal and dealings the payments to women. the Trump Tower Moscow not was covered the by which warrant, indicate could Mueller that has to decided that keep aspect the of under investigation own his control.
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