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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.”

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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.”

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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Trump encourages China to take advantage of Jay Powell and Fed: They ‘don’t have a clue’

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President Donald Trump launched a new attack against his own Federal Reserve chairman in a pair of Monday morning tweets.

The president has been publicly pressuring Fed chairman Jerome Powell to lower interest rates in hopes of staving off a recession, but the Trump appointee has so far resisted his calls.

"Producer prices in China shrank most in 3 years due to China’s big devaluation of their currency, coupled with monetary stimulus," Trump tweeted. "Federal Reserve not watching? Will Fed ever get into the game? Dollar strongest EVER! Really bad for exports. No Inflation...Highest Interest Rates..."

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Internet pummels Trump for frantic demand to investigate Obama instead: ‘This is not the tweet of an innocent man’

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President Donald Trump jealously raged against Barack Obama's post-presidency business deals, which includes a production agreement with Netflix -- and other social media users ridiculed his apparent envy.

Trump questioned that deal and others in a pair of tweets complaining about an impeachment inquiry launched against him last week by the House Judiciary Committee, and he suggested Congress look at Obama's business since he left the White House.

....work that way. I have a better idea. Look at the Obama Book Deal, or the ridiculous Netflix deal. Then look at all the deals made by the Dems in Congress, the “Congressional Slush Fund,” and lastly the IG Reports. Take a look at them. Those investigations would be over FAST!

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Is the Trump administration squelching a whistleblower — and a major scandal?

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America's system of government has always worked on the honor system. With so few Senate-confirmed Cabinet and federal agency heads, and so many “acting” officials working in the Trump administration, people who are constantly forced to audition for permanent positions are now under tremendous pressure to protect a president hellbent on breaking every norm of good governance. Now a new possible political scandal could be brewing in the Trump administration that tests the loyalty of these “acting” officials — pitting their allegiance to the nation against their desire to impress their boss.

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