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REVEALED: Trump signed a letter of intent to build Trump Tower Moscow while campaigning for president

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A new bombshell investigation by BuzzFeed News has revealed that President Donald Trump signed a letter of intent to begin building a Trump Tower in Moscow in October 2015 — months after he formally announced his presidential campaign.

According to the report, Trump signed an LOI for the Trump Tower Moscow project that was drafted by personal attorney Michael Cohen at the behest of longtime business associate Felix Sater, who himself has longstanding ties to the Russian mob.

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After Trump signed the letter, Sater and Cohen planned a trip to Moscow to negotiate directly with Russian representatives. However, two months after Trump signed the letter, Sater and Cohen were still waiting to hear back from their contacts in Russia giving them the go-ahead to travel to the country.

During this time, it seems that Cohen was antsy about what he would tell Trump if the future president asked him about progress on the project.

“Not you or anyone you know will embarrass me in front of Mr. T when he asks me what is happening,” Cohen wrote to Sater in a message obtained by BuzzFeed.

On New Year’s Even 2015, Sater informed Cohen that they had been invited to Moscow by GenBank — a Russian bank that had been sanctioned by the United States just nine days earlier for its operations in the recently annexed province of Crimea.

Sater explained to Cohen that GenBank operates “through Putin’s administration and nothing gets done there without approval from the top.” He also said that “the meetings in Moscow will be with ministers — in US, that’s cabinet-level and with Putin’s top administration people.”

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However, Cohen believed that GenBank was a “third-rate” organization and he told Sater that he would work his own contacts to secure a meeting with a more prominent financial institution.

Cohen eventually received an invitation to Moscow that he found acceptable from an unidentified person, although there is some evidence from BuzzFeed’s reporting to suggest that it was from Andrey Ryabinskiy, a Russian mortgage tycoon and boxing promoter.

After Sater arranged for Cohen to call up a former Russian spy to plan travel arrangements, their communications suddenly went dark — and this was around the time that Cohen had claimed in the past that the Trump Tower Moscow project had been put on ice.

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As it turns out, however, Sater and Cohen were still communicating with one another about the project via a heavily encrypted mobile application called Dust that automatically deletes messages after they’re read.

In fact, Sater tells BuzzFeed that he and Cohen were still planning on travelling to Moscow even after Trump had secured the Republican nomination for the presidency — and that they had wanted Trump himself to travel to the country to work out a deal during the campaign.

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However, Sater decided the deal was dead once Trump began receiving scrutiny for his alleged ties to Russia — and after Trump himself publicly tweeted that he had “ZERO investments in Russia.”

The entire report is filled with jaw-dropping details — read it at this link.


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There’s no respite from Trump’s vindictiveness and foolishness

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As we know, even in the midst of a national emergency, Donald Trump could find time and bandwidth to continue his retribution campaign.

He dismissed Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence agencies, for doing “a terrible job,” satisfying his own thirst for vengeance for anyone who actually adhered to law and practice over blind loyalty to Trump himself. Indeed, asked about it the next day, Trump underscored his action by saying, Atkinson “was no Trump supporter, that I can tell you.”

It was an act that we once would have labeled corruption, by Democrats and Republicans – that is using the office for personal purposes – if Congress and too many Americans had not since become inured by so many like instances.

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This is how Taiwan and South Korea bucked the global lockdown trend

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As the coronavirus pandemic sparks global lockdowns, life has continued comparatively unhindered in places like Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong after their governments and citizens took decisive early action against the unfolding crisis.

At first glance Taiwan looks like an ideal candidate for the coronavirus. The island of 23 million lies just 180 kilometres (110 miles) off mainland China.

Yet nearly 100 days in, Taiwan has just 376 confirmed cases and five fatalities while restaurants, bars, schools, universities and offices remain open.

The government of President Tsai Ing-wen, whose deputy is an epidemiologist, made tough decisions while the crisis was nascent to stave off the kind of pain now convulsing much of the rest of the world.

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Republican ex-lawmaker with coronavirus scolds Wisconsin GOP for forcing voters to risk their health

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On CNN Tuesday, former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), who is himself dealing with a bout of COVID-19, chastised the Wisconsin GOP for doing everything in their power to block the state elections from being moved — and forcing many voters to stand in line and risk exposure to the virus to cast their ballot.

"I have to tell you, here in Pennsylvania we have a Democratic governor and Republican legislature," Dent told host Don Lemon. "They postponed the election here from April 28 until June 2. Without any controversy. Everybody agreed it was the right thing to do and they moved on. I'm surprised Wisconsin took this risk, knowing they don't have to."

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