Hey, we tries nots to steers ya wrong.
You may recall last week I wrote a sort of double-header article here that tied together two stories about problems for Trump. If not, a quick recap: One dealt with a report from The Stern Facts about money laundering with Russia over building the Trump Soho Hotel for which emails with all his children were made public. The other seemingly-unrelated story concerned a Trump business partner who had already cooperated with the Special Counsel and was telling his family that he and Trump were going to jail. And the connection between the two stories was a man named Felix Sater, who in the past (among many other things) has plead guilty in a $40 million racketeering case that involved the Mafia.
Well...guess who's back in the news?
The Washington Post has a new story here with the headline, "Trump's business sought deal on a Trump Tower in Moscow while he ran for president." This deal, for which Trump had signed a letter of intent, came all the while Trump was repeatedly denying that he had any business dealings with Russia. Most bluntly in a July, 2016 tweet, "For the record, I have ZERO investments in Russia," followed the very next day at a news conference, "I have nothing to do with Russia." And the developer at the center of the story is...is...is...(oh, okay, you can figure it out) -- Felix Sater!!!
As the story notes, "a Russian-born real estate developer urged Trump to come to Moscow to tout the proposal and suggested he could get President Vladimir Putin to say 'great things' about Trump, according to several people who have been briefed on his correspondence.
"The developer, Felix Sater, predicted in a November 2015 email that he and Trump Organization leaders would soon be celebrating — both one of the biggest residential projects in real estate history and Donald Trump's election as president..."
Like I said, I tries nots to steers ya wrong.
The thing is, it's not just that Felix Sater is a key witness to this and to so much of Trump's other business dealings -- but (as my earlier article said) he's already cooperated with the Feds. And anyone who questions whether that's true, his own words he said he's going to jail, and Trump, too.
The importance of Felix Sater was so clear to me when I saw those two unrelated articles. And remembered him from during the campaign (when Trump denied knowing Sater, despite there being photos of the two of them on stage almost side-by-side). It wasn't hard for me to put the importance of them together. And now, here comes this article!!
Of course, I think it's been obvious to most people that they key to Trump's downfall -- which ultimately is also the doorway to his Russia connections -- was through his business dealings over the past decade, and probably the last 20 years. There was too much public and on the record that was clearly seedy for which it's impossible to not think permeates through everything. And explains Russia. And that Felix Sater is central to so much of it. Not all, but plenty.
Couldn't happen to a sweller guy.
And here's a bonus for you. A clip from a 2013 edition of the BBC show Panorama, where the interviewer Jon Sweeney aggressively presses Trump on Felix Sater, and as much as Trump tries to deny any connection (even rudely tries to deny it, calling the interviewer "maybe you're thick"), Sweeney keeps bluntly asking until...Trump suddenly explains he has another engagement and leaves.
I tries nots to steers ya wrong. Watch this space.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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