A Russian citizen who claimed ties to the Kremlin told President Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, back in November 2015 that he could use his ties to the Russian government to help both Trump's commercial and political prospects.
The new contact with Russia was revealed on Friday by special adviser Robert S. Mueller III, as pointed out by Cohen's cooperation which provided the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
The new interaction between a high lieutenant of Trump and a Russian citizen who has affirmed government bonds is the latest in dozens of similar interactions emerged from the November 2016 elections. Days after Trump's victory, his spokesperson Hope Hicks has affirmed that there had been no contacts of any kind associated with Trump and Russia.
The new information on Cohen is particularly significant because it came in the early months of the campaign and because prosecutors claimed that the Russian citizen claimed to be interested in helping the Trump campaign, as well as his business.
Prosecutors wrote that around November 2015 "Cohen received contact information and spoke with a Russian citizen who claimed to be a" trusted person "in the Russian Federation that could offer the campaign" political synergy "and" synergy on a government "level."
They said that Cohen told prosecutors that the Russian has repeatedly suggested to organize a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump, in part as a way to help Cohen make plans to build a Trump real estate project in Moscow.
"The person told Cohen that such a meeting could have a" phenomenal impact "not only in the political sphere but also in a business dimension, referring to the Moscow Project, because it does not there is "no bigger guarantee in a project than the consent of [the President of Russia]& # 39 ;, "Prosecutors wrote.
When Cohen contacted the Russian, he had already started working on a Trump Tower project in collaboration with Felix Sater, a Russian business partner of Trump. Cohen pleaded guilty to having lied to Congress about the details of that project, including a phone call he arranged with a Kremlin official in January 2016 to discuss the project.
Sater also suggested organizing a meeting with Putin and Cohen told prosecutors that he did not follow Russian's offer because he decided instead to work with Sater.
The new information underlines both the frequency of support offers that have been extended from Russia to Trump's main assistants during the campaign, and the enthusiasm with which some of his closest advisers have welcomed those people.
Prosecutors wrote that Cohen had been a first supporter of a meeting between candidate Trump and Putin. In a September 2015 radio interview, Cohen had suggested that Trump meet the Russian president while he was in New York to attend the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. Prosecutors said Cohen later said that the comments were stimulating, but in recent weeks he admitted that he had given Trump the opportunity to contact the Russian government.
The contacts of autumn 2015 arrived at an important moment in the campaign. As Trump's candidacy was starting to warm up, Putin seemed to be more interested in his efforts. On December 17, 2015, Putin drew attention by offering words of praise for the celebrity magnate, calling him "colorful and talented" and the "absolute leader of the presidential race". Trump reiterated the compliment the day after calling Putin "a leader, unlike what we have in this country."
Mueller's deposit arrived before Cohen's conviction of December 12 for various crimes, including lying to Congress about his contacts with Russia. The New York prosecutors have said that Cohen should receive considerable prison, in part because they claimed to have only reluctantly cooperated in their investigations, which are separated by the Mueller spacecraft.
In a separate filing, however, Mueller said Cohen "made great strides" to help investigate Russia's involvement in the 2016 elections.
They said that his information helped explain his own contacts with Russian interests, as well as information about what they called "some essential issues related to Russia" to the investigations he learned through regular contacts with business executives of Trump. They said he was also able to provide information on contacts with White House officials after Trump took office and the circumstances surrounding the preparation of his false testimony in Congress.