It was a "third-rate burglary attempt. … Certain elements may try to stretch this beyond what it is.?
— White House spokesman Ronald Ziegler, June 19, 1972. https://t.co/3GQobUfOcU
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) November 30, 2018
Seriously? Putin has a $1bn estate on the Black Sea – and that’s just one of them. Anyways, the Federal Protection Service won’t let him anywhere near an elevator, let alone share a residence with absolutely anyone. Are these people really so dumb? https://t.co/SLchkE1tnu
— Alexey Kovalev (@Alexey__Kovalev) November 29, 2018
I figured it was intended to be more like The Apartment, only for murders instead of extramarital assignations. Which is a whole different can of worms, but hey — foreigners! Watcha gonna do?
The Trump Organization planned to give a $50 million penthouse at Trump Tower Moscow to Vladimir Putin as the company negotiated the real estate development, four people tell BuzzFeed, one of them the originator of the plan. https://t.co/PHQct41zdm
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 29, 2018
The two men worked furiously behind the scenes into the summer of 2016 to get the Moscow deal finished — despite public claims that the development was canned in January, before Trump won the Republican nomination. Sater told BuzzFeed News today that he and Cohen thought giving the Trump Tower’s most luxurious apartment, a $50 million penthouse, to Putin would entice other wealthy buyers to purchase their own. “In Russia, the oligarchs would bend over backwards to live in the same building as Vladimir Putin,” Sater told BuzzFeed News. “My idea was to give a $50 million penthouse to Putin and charge $250 million more for the rest of the units. All the oligarchs would line up to live in the same building as Putin.” A second source confirmed the plan.
Sater, a brash real estate promoter who pleaded guilty to racketeering in 1998 and became a longtime asset to US law enforcement and intelligence agencies, had worked with the Trump Organization on deals in the past and said he came up with the idea. Cohen, Sater recalled, said, “Great idea.”…
Another sidebar: Trump and his minions knew Sater had ratted out prior partners to the FBI, but they trusted him into their deals anyway. Did Donny Dollhands actually believe he was smart enough not to get caught the same way, or was he just that desperate for anyone who might help him make some ready cash?
Let me ask White House Senior Advisor @IvankaTrump about Trump Tower Moscow.
Oh wait, she blocked me, a Member of Congress, because my questions bother her.
Let me correct that. She blocked me, a Member of Congress who will be in the majority, because my questions bother her. https://t.co/9xFiHzPhsX
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) November 30, 2018
NEW: The House Intelligence Committee will investigate the Trump Organization’s plan to give Putin a $50 million penthouse in Trump Tower Moscow.
— Emma Loop (@LoopEmma) November 30, 2018
… “As a member of the committee, I would strongly urge us to bring in everybody associated with this deal and figure out what was offered, who it was offered to, and who knew about it,” Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro, a Democratic member of the committee, told BuzzFeed News on Thursday.
Castro also said he believed the plan could have violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. “If this was an attempt to speed up the project or secure the project and make sure it got done, it could amount to bribery for an official of a foreign government and anyone who was part of that could be in violation of this federal statute,” he said.
California Rep. Eric Swalwell, another Democrat on the committee, said he wants it to investigate the plan as well. “Now we’re in a position where we can look at third-party communication records, third-party travel logs, third-party bank records, to see what was really going on in the background, and to further probe what the candidate’s knowledge was of the prospective deal and Moscow and the offer by the Russians to help him,” he said.
“We’re way beyond bribery,” he added. “If a candidate for president is offering a foreign adversary a $50 million gift while that adversary through his own backchannels is offering support of the campaign, that’s betrayal at the highest level; that’s conspiracy.
“Bribery would be the least of Donald Trump’s worries.”
Reminder: Oligarchs, the Russian mafia, the Russian government, and the Russian intelligence services are all the same guys. You can’t shake just one hand of that octopus. https://t.co/e4WeXpvuLz
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) November 29, 2018
I agree with Alexey here. If this was truly offered to VVP, it exposes the amateurish ways of the Trump Organization team. But if true, it also exposes their illegal ways. This is called a bribe, a kickback, a payoff. Its illegal both in Russia and the US. And it's disgusting. https://t.co/uqaNT6xH5j
— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) November 30, 2018
Would having Vladimir Putin in your building really be a selling point? He, uh, kills people.
— Lindsay Beyerstein (@beyerstein) November 30, 2018
What if you and your neighbors want to redo the carpet in the lobby and Vladimir doesn't? I don't even want to think about the stress inherent in that.
— Lindsay Beyerstein (@beyerstein) November 30, 2018
He owns plenty of houses, but he never owned a president before. Better than penthouse, da? pic.twitter.com/FgYHO6sgEq
— Schooley (@Rschooley) November 29, 2018