Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman, claims that he has received an email from Michael Cohen, who is US President Donald Trump’s lawyer. In it, he asked for help moving a Moscow real estate deal forward, but he did not pass the deal to Russian President Vladimir Putin nor responded to it.
Cohen claims that he did contact the Kremlin for assistance in mid-January 2016 about building a Trump Tower in Moscow when the mogul was running for president, but denied every connection of it with the campaign Trump led.
According to Cohen, his message to Peskov was “an email that went unanswered that was solely regarding a real estate deal and nothing more.”
Peskov claims that he has a copy of the e-mail and it was sent to the address of the public “Press Office of the Kremlin” address which receives thousands of queries that are relevant. He also denied that he knew Cohen personally.
Peskov said, “This email said that a certain Russian company together with certain individuals is pursuing the goal of building a skyscraper in the ‘Moscow City’ district, but things aren’t going well and they asked for help with some advice on moving this project forward. But, since, I repeat again, we do not react to such business topics — this is not our work — we left it unanswered.”
He also added, “We cannot discuss with President Putin hundreds and thousands of different requests, which, by the way, come from a variety of countries.”
According to Cohen, “The Trump Moscow proposal was simply one of many development opportunities that the Trump Organization considered and ultimately rejected. In late January 2016, I abandoned the Moscow proposal because I lost confidence that the prospective licensee would be able to obtain the real estate, financing and government approvals necessary to bring the proposal to fruition. It was a building proposal that did not succeed and nothing more.”
Cohen’s attorney offered documents to the House intelligence committee which included a reference to the Moscow project.
Cohen was a central figure for investigators on the House intelligence committee who are digging into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. Two people were subpoenaed by the committee, Cohen and Michael Flynn, the former Trump national security adviser.
In July 2016, Trump denied that he was anyhow connected to Russia or that he has business interests in it. He said, “For the record, I have ZERO investments in Russia.”