While the president and his legal team have been doing their damnedest to downplay how far along his “Trump Tower Moscow” deal was during the election, more evidence keeps appearing to refute their denials.
The deal to build the tower, the millions of dollars in signing bonuses that would accompany it, and the proposal to give the penthouse to Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has become a flashpoint of intrigue for the Special Counsel and the allegations of collusion between the Donald Trump for President campaign and agents of the Russian Federation.
During a recent interview with the New York Times, Trump claimed that the “deal was not important. It was essentially a letter of intent or an option. I’m not even sure that they had a site.”
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But in an entirely unsurprising turn of events, Buzzfeed’s Emma Loop reports that Trump is not telling the entire truth and there was, in fact, a site in mind for the building, which speaks volumes about how far along the project was and thus how important it might have been in the alleged deal between Trump and Russia.
“In fact, hundreds of pages of business documents, emails, text messages, and architectural plans obtained by BuzzFeed News show that the Trump Organization was scoping at least one prime location for the luxury glass skyscraper.
The signed letter of intent includes a proposal to build the tower in Moscow City, a former industrial complex near the edge of the Moscow River that has since been converted into an ambitious commercial district clustered with several of the tallest skyscrapers in Europe. It is not clear whether any other sites ever came under consideration.”
Every time the president issues a fresh set of lies about the Trump Tower deal, new evidence appears to contradict him. While Buzzfeed has taken some lumps from Special Counsel Mueller and his bizarre decision to dispute their reporting at the White House’s request, it’s clear from the enormous trove of documents that they’ve released to the public that they’ve done their due diligence and the story adds up — which is very bad news for the president and his cronies, who have a lot of explaining to do.