The Trump Organization discussed giving Russian President Vladimir Putin the $50 million penthouse in Trump Tower Moscow while in talks about the real estate deal — while Donald Trump was running for president.
Based on discussions with U.S. law enforcement officials, BuzzFeed reported that Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen discussed the plan with a representative for Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov.
News of the proposal came after Cohen reached a guilty plea with special counsel Robert Mueller, the heart of which regards the scrapped Trump Tower Moscow deal and false statements he made to Congress about it.
In a statement to CNN’s Dana Bash, the president’s attorney Rudy Giuliani denied that Trump had any knowledge of the proposal.
“The story is a story,” he said. “The President never heard of this and the concept never got anywhere beyond an unfunded letter of intent.”
Giuliani tells @DanaBashCNN Trump never heard of idea of giving Putin Trump Tower Moscow penthouse: “The story is a story. The President never heard of this and the concept never got anywhere beyond an unfunded letter of intent…"
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) November 30, 2018