The Trump organization considered considering giving Russian President Vladimir Putin a $ 50 million penthouse in a failed project to build a Trump Tower in Moscow in 2016, several media outlets reported.
I want to live in this building, "said Felix Sater, a businessman who worked on the project and struck the idea, opposite the Washington Post. BuzzFeed News first reported the plan.
Real estate development returned to its spotlight on Thursday after former Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to lied to Congress about the timing of his project negotiations. He told the House Intelligence Committee that talks had ended in January 201
It is not clear if Trump knew about the Penthouse Plan. HuffPost has contacted the Trump organization and the White House to comment.
Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani told CNN: "The President has never heard of it, and the concept never came across an unfounded letter of intent and never came across a proposal or an offer draft contract.
Trump on Friday morning tweeted a defense of his business activities. "Despite all the odds, I decide to run for President and continue to run my business – very legal and very cool. I talked about it on the campaign campaign … … Put zero money, no guarantees and did not carry out the project. Witch hunt! "
The Trump organization tried in vain to gain a foothold in Russia and Ukraine for 30 years, looking for opportunities for more than 20 developments According to the Wall Street Journal.
The 2016 trend, however, is now under such an interest because Cohen confessed to having lied about it. Judicial documents on Thursday point to Trump as "Individual-1". Sater, the real estate developer who staged the penthouse idea, is "Individual-2," CNN reported, citing people who were familiar with the matter.
Sater and Cohen worked furiously behind the scenes to try and bring the Trump Tower Moscow Deal to the ground, Buzzfeed News reported. Sater remembered telling Cohen about the penthouse idea, and Cohen loved it.
"My idea was to give Putin a $ 50 million penthouse and charge the rest of the units $ 250 million. All the oligarchs would be in the same building as Putin, "Sater said.