Trump Planned To Give $50 Million Penthouse To Putin During 2016 Negotiations: Report
A new report revealed on Thursday that the Trump Organization had planned to giver Russian President Vladimir Putin a $50 million penthouse at Trump Tower Moscow while the company was in negotiations in 2016.
According to BuzzFeed News, the idea was discussed between Trump’s former “fixer” Michael Cohen and Putin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov.
The Trump Organization planned to give a $50 million penthouse in the planned Trump Tower Moscow to President Vladimir Putin while the company was in negotiations in 2016 to build the development, four people familiar with the matter told Buzzfeed News.
The news about the offer came after Cohen reached a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 presidential election.
According to reports, Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to congressional panels about Trump’s Moscow property plans, including his plans to travel to Russia, contacts with Russian officials in connection with the project and how long the property plans were discussed within the Trump Organization.
Court documents unsealed Thursday say Cohen “well knew” his statements to Congress about Trump Tower Moscow were “false and misleading,” stating that he told the lies in order to “minimize links between the Moscow Project and Individual 1,” an apparent reference to Trump.
Cohen also tried to “give the false impression that the Moscow Project ended before ‘the Iowa caucus and … the very first primary,’ in hopes of limiting the ongoing Russia investigations.”
The fact is that the discussions about the Moscow project extended well into 2016 and Cohen regularly filled Trump in about the negotiations while Trump was a presidential candidate.
Trump defended the project Thursday, telling reporters, “There was a good chance that I wouldn’t have won [the presidential election], in which case I would have gotten back into the business, and why should I lose lots of opportunities?”