"For about 10 years, Sater has been working continuously with prosecutors and law enforcement officials to provide information that is critical to the conviction of more than 20 different people, including those responsible for the massive financial fraud La Cosa Nostra, family members of organized crime and alien cybercriminals, "wrote the prosecutor's office 10 years ago to a federal judge. "In addition, Sater provided the United States intelligence agencies with highly sensitive information to help the government combat terrorists and rogue states."
Sater led the federal investigators to information about rocket and precious metal trade, as well as about genovese in New York and other criminal families and those involved in so-called "pump and dump" and "boiler room" commercials of the 1
He also told US government officials what they thought was "Bin Laden's satellite phone numbers and information about who supplied Bin Laden with weapons," the prosecutor wrote at the time, about two years before the terrorist leader was killed in a fatal attack US military raid.
The documents submitted to Sater in 2009 denounce in detail the comprehensive assistance he has provided to federal investigators in intelligence and law enforcement matters. In the case in which he founded his cooperation in 1998, he pleaded guilty and was fined $ 25,000.
"His collaboration spanned an astonishing range of topics, from highly sophisticated local and international criminal activities to matters involving the police, the most dangerous terrorists and rogue states in the world," his lawyers wrote 10 years ago.
His collaboration ended after the New York Times published an article in 2007 about his work as a developer in the Trump Soho project and a Trump tower and hotel in New York, Florida, and his efforts as an informant, his lawyers said.
The documents unsealed Friday – a memo by prosecutors describing his cooperation and a letter from his lawyers to the judge before the conviction – do not refer to his ties to Trump from mentioning the Times article.
In recent years, however, Sater has been more closely aligned with the Trump organization's projects, including until 2016. As a witness, he spoke to the Special Representative's office in 2017.
Sater was a senior executive at the Bayrock Group, which issued a license to The Trump name for the construction of real estate in New York and Florida. Donald Trump and Sater appeared together at public events, gave joint interviews, and signed joint records on their dealings. In a statement from 2013, however, Trump distanced himself from him and said he does not know Sater well.
However, Saters name often appeared in the investigation of Special Envoy Robert Mueller on Russia's interference in the 2016 US elections.
In 2015, Sater Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen had been contacted for the possibility of developing a Trump tower in Moscow. "In early negotiations with the Trump organization, Sater had hinted at the need for government approval and his attempts to arrange meetings with Russian officials," he said. Mueller wrote, citing an email between Sater and Cohen.
"From the end of 2015, Sater repeatedly tried to send Cohen and Trump as representatives of the Trump organization to Russia to meet with Russian government officials and facilitate financing partners," the Mueller report said. Sater continued to discuss the Moscow trip in spring 2016, but it never happened.