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Trump associate brags Moscow 'will get Donald elected'A man who worked for Donald Trump in 2015 promised to engineer a real estate deal with an aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin that would help Trump win the election. "I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected," he promised in an email to Trump's lawyer.
In 2015, a man who worked for Donald Trump promised to engineer a real estate deal with an aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin that would help Trump win the election, the New York Times reported Monday. Trump's business associate, Felix Sater, sent several emails to Trump's lawyer in which he brags about his ties to Putin and explained that building a tower in Moscow would benefit Trump's candidacy.
The emails show that already in the first months of his candidacy, Trump's staff believed that close ties to Moscow would prove to be a political advantage in the race. "Our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it," Sater wrote in an email to Michael Cohen, Trump's lawyer. “I will get all of Putins [sic] team to buy in on this, I will manage this process.”
Sater even claimed that he carries a lot of weight in Russia, explaining that he arranged for Trump's daughter Ivanka to sit at Putin's desk and in his chair when she was visiting Moscow in 2006.
While the emails do not indicate whether Sater upheld his promises, it is known that the Russian immigrant worked as a real estate broker for the Trump Organization when they were sent. "I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected," Sater wrote in another email.
However, Cohen does not believe that Sater was serious about his offers. "He has sometimes used colorful language and has been prone to ‘salesmanship,'" Cohen said in a statement. "I ultimately determined that the proposal was not feasible and never agreed to make a trip to Russia."
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