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Washington Post: Trump Sought Trump Hotel Russia Deal -- In 2016

If the Post dumps this story on a Sunday night during hurricane coverage, seems like there's more to come.

Washington Post is reporting tonight that Trump business sought Trump Tower deal in Moscow during campaign. Reminder

— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) August 28, 2017

This is an important Washington Post story that broke last night and is getting lost in hurricane coverage.

While Donald Trump was running for president in late 2015 and early 2016, his company was pursuing a plan to develop a massive Trump Tower in Moscow, according to several people familiar with the proposal and new records reviewed by Trump Organization lawyers.

As part of the discussions, a Russian-born real estate developer urged Trump to come to Moscow to tout the proposal and suggested that he could get President Vladimir Putin to say “great things” about Trump, according to several people who have been briefed on his correspondence.

{...] Trump never went to Moscow as Sater proposed. And although investors and Trump’s company signed a letter of intent, they lacked the land and permits to proceed and the project was abandoned at the end of January 2016, just before the presidential primaries began, several people familiar with the proposal said.

Nevertheless, the details of the deal, which have not previously been disclosed, provide evidence that Trump’s business was actively pursuing significant commercial interests in Russia at the same time he was campaigning to be president — and in a position to determine U.S.-Russia relations. The new details from the emails, which are scheduled to be turned over to congressional investigators soon, also point to the likelihood of additional s between Russia-connected individuals and Trump associates during his presidential bid.

Hm. WH referring questions about the Trump Tower Moscow deal to Michael Cohen's attorney.

— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) August 28, 2017

Anyone taking bets on whether @realDonaldTrump deletes this tweet after the @washingtonpost story about Putin and Trump Tower Moscow?

— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) August 28, 2017

Here is an important revelation from WaPo's big scoop on Trump Org seeking deal in Moscow during campaign:

— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) August 28, 2017

This projected Moscow deal would have been a licensing deal for Trump: i.e. no entrepreneurial risk - only a payment for his name.

— David Frum (@davidfrum) August 28, 2017

Trump in Moscow wasn’t “doing a deal.” He was “seeking a payment.”

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— David Frum (@davidfrum) August 28, 2017

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