President Donald Trump’s company planned to give a $50 million penthouse at Trump Tower Moscow to Russian President Vladimir Putin as the company negotiated the luxury real estate development during the 2016 campaign, according to four people, one of them the originator of the plan.
Cohen acknowledged in court that he had lied to Congress about the plan in order to protect Trump and his presidential campaign.
The plan never went anywhere because the tower deal ultimately fizzled, and it is not clear whether Trump knew of the intention to give away the penthouse.
But Cohen said in court documents that he regularly briefed Trump and his family on the Moscow negotiations.
“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.
Developing a tower in Russia had long been a dream of the Trump Organization, which pursued a deal there for three decades. »