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WaPo: Feds Look Into Two More Reported Contacts With Russia

(The Washington Post)

Monday, 02 October 2017 04:51 PM

Two previously unreported contacts between Russia and associates of President Donald Trump and his company during the 2016 campaign have come to light — and turned over to investigators, The Washington Post reported Monday.

In one case, Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, and a business associate exchanged emails weeks before the Republican National Convention about Cohen possibly going to an economic conference in Russia where top financial and government leaders, including President Vladi­mir Putin, would be in attendance, the Post reported, citing unnamed sources.

Cohen also got a pitch in late 2015 for a Moscow residential project from a company founded by a billionaire who once served in the upper house of the Russian parliament, the Post reported.

According to the Post, the revelation of the business proposal is the second for a Trump-branded Moscow project during the presidential campaign that has come to light.

Cohen declined the invite to the economic forum, and turned down the Moscow building plan too.

"I did not accept this invitation," he told the Post in a statement. "I have never been to Russia."

Alan Garten, general counsel for the Trump Organization, said in a statement to the Post the newly disclosed Moscow project bid had to be taken "in context."

"Like any other international real estate brand, it is not uncommon for third party developers to submit proposals for potential real estate projects all over the world," he told the Post, adding only a "very small percentage of these proposals are ever pursued."

The Post reported the information about the interactions has been given to congressional committees as well as special counsel Robert Mueller as they investigate whether Trump associates coordinated with Russian efforts to interfere in the U.S. election.

Details were turned over by the Trump Organization in recent days to the White House, defense lawyers and government investigators, and described to the Post, the outlet reported.

According to the Post, what the emails show is Trump's inner circle continued receiving requests from Russians deep into the presidential campaign, even though nothing came of the correspondence.

Trump's son, son-in-law, campaign chairman, low-level foreign policy advisers — and as the new revelations show, his lawyer — all have now been found to have fielded inquiries in the weeks before or after Trump accepted the nomination, the Post noted.

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Two previously unreported contacts between Russia and associates of President Donald Trump and his company during the 2016 campaign have come to light, and turned over to investigators, The Washington Post reported Monday.
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