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Revealed: Trump Tower Moscow was a lot further along than claimed

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Buzzfeed is reporting that despite President Trump’s personal attorney‘s claims that Trump Tower Moscow was barely a dream, in reality it was well into development.

“The plan was dazzling: a glass skyscraper that would stretch higher than any other building in Europe, offering ultra-luxury residences and hotel rooms and bearing a famous name. Trump Tower Moscow, conceived as a partnership between Donald Trump’s company and a Russian real estate developer, looked likely to yield profits in excess of $300 million,” Buzzfeed’s Azeen Ghorayshi reports.

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On Monday, his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said “the proposal was in the earliest stage,” and he went on to tell the New Yorker that “no plans were ever made. There were no drafts. Nothing in the file.”

Buzzfeed says it has obtained “hundreds of pages of business documents, emails, text messages, and architectural plans,” and has published some on its website.

“By September 2015,” just a few months after Donald Trump delivered his now infamous Mexicans are “rapists” speech launching his presidential campaign, “a New York architect had completed plans for a bold glass obelisk 100 stories high, to be topped by a gleaming, cut-diamond-like shape emblazoned on multiple sides with the Trump logo.”

“The building design you sent over is very interesting,” the Russian real estate developer Andrey Rozov wrote to Cohen in September 2015, “and will be an architectural and luxury triumph. I believe the tallest building in Europe should be in Moscow, and I am prepared to build it.”

Buzzfeed also published the 17-page letter of intent Donald Trump signed one month later, on Oct. 28, 2015. It promised “approximately 250 first class, luxury residential condominiums,” and “not fewer than 150 hotel rooms.”

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There would also be “a luxury spa and fitness center,” which could be branded, “The Spa By Ivanka Trump,” if they chose. Also,  “a commercial component,” the letter stated, along with offices “consistent with Class A luxury office properties,” and “luxury” parking, which was not defined.

Along with the letter of intent, Buzzfeed published screenshots of texts and emails, and an artist’s renderings of Trump Tower Moscow, including one showing it taller than the Eiffel Tower, as Buzzfeed’s Editor-in-Chief, Ben Smith, tweeted:

 

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Lev Parnas’s lawyer declared ‘open war’ on AG Bill Barr during Maddow interview: attorney

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The attorney for Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas appears to be using a novel legal strategy, attorney Luppe Luppen explained on Friday.

Joseph Bondy, the attorney for Parnas, was interviewed Friday evening by Rachel Maddow, following the day's end of the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Luppen, who offers legal analysis on his popular @nycsouthpaw Twitter account, came to a conclusion that seemed to surprise him after watching the interview.

"I’ve never seen a lawyer sit on a cable panel show and make that much news," Luppen wrote.

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Democratic prosecutors wrap up case against Trump

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Democratic prosecutors on Friday wrapped up three days of arguments for seeking Donald Trump's removal from office, as the US president's lawyers prepared to take their turn presenting his defense in the Senate's historic impeachment trial.

For a final eight-hour stretch, the 100 senators listened as Democrats argued that Trump abused the power of the presidency in pressuring Ukraine to launch investigations that would help him politically and then sought to block efforts by Congress to investigate.

Democrats said they had met the burden of proof as they warned Republicans that Trump would remain a grave danger to the nation if left in office.

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‘Give me a break’: Internet unleashes on ‘snowflakes’ Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski for complaint about Schiff

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CNN's Manu Raju revealed after the Senate adjourned that Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) audibly disputed Rep. Adam Schiff's (D-CA) quotation of a CBS News report threatening senators.

"She shook her head and said, 'No they didn't. No, that's not true,'" Raju reported.

Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Jim Risch (R-ID) Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and John Barrasso also said that the report was false.

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