The Kremlin confirmed Wednesday that it received an email a lawyer and business adviser for U.S. President Donald Trump sent during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, but it never replied.
The Washington Post reported Monday that a Cohen statement to a House Intelligence Committee indicated that the president's company pursued a project in Moscow during the Republican primary. The panel is one of several on Capitol Hill investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia. The statement was subsequently obtained by the AP.
The attorney, Michael Cohen, said that he worked on the plan to build Trump Tower Moscow for five months after Trump declared his candidacy for president in 2015, partnering with Felix Sater, a Russian-born businessman in NY who had worked with Trump's company on previous deals.
"There is no Trump Tower in Moscow, no visit was made", Conway said on Fox News. His first discussion with Trump was about working on the deal and in October 2015, he asked for a signature from Trump on a nonbinding letter of intent for the project. Sater did not respond to a request for comment from the AP on Monday.
Peskov added that he has never met attorney Michael Cohen, a private attorney for President Donald Trump, in person.
"To be clear, the Trump Organization has never had any real estate holdings or interests in Russian Federation, " the Trump Organization said on Monday in a statement. "I will get all of Putin's team to buy in on this; I will manage this process". He said the plan was abandoned for various reasons.
Earlier this week, emails between Russian-American businessman Felix Sater and Cohen were published.
Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, directly contacted Putin's spokesman, asking for the strongman's help on getting it approved. In a Playboy interview in 1990, Trump recalled that he told the officials it was impossible to get financing for a development project in which the land was "owned by the goddamn motherland".
The Times says the emails also show that, "from the earliest months of Trump's campaign, some of his associates viewed close ties with Moscow as a political advantage".
Sater served time in jail after stabbing a man in the face with the stem of a margarita glass during a 1991 bar fight; in 1998, he pleaded guilty to his role in a Mafia-orchestrated stock fraud scheme.
Sater became an Federal Bureau of Investigation informant after he was convicted years later in a $40 million stock fraud scheme.
The email is from January 2016, during the presidential campaign, and appears to contradict President Trump's repeated assurances that he had nothing to do with Russian Federation.