In emails to Trump lawyer Michael Cohen that the newspaper cited, the associate, Felix Sater, wrote: “Our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it. I will get all of Putins team to buy in on this, I will manage this process.”
In a separate email seen by the Times, Sater, a Russian immigrant and then-Trump Organization broker, wrote: “I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected.”
The development comes as federal and congressional investigators probe Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin. Trump has denied any collusion, though developments since the election have shown that Trump associates were at least willing to accept Russian help during the election.
Cohen told the Times that Sater practices “salesmanship” and that he “ultimately determined that the proposal was not feasible.” Cohen “never agreed” to make a trip to Russia, he added.
It is not clear why Sater would have thought a Trump Tower project in Moscow would have helped the president’s chances of winning.
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