CNN obtains Russia documents signed by Trump

CNN's Chris Cuomo discusses a newly obtained document that shows President Donald Trump signed a letter of intent to move forward with negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Russia, despite his attorney Rudy Giuliani claiming the document was never signed.

Posted: Dec 19, 2018 8:28 PM
Updated: Dec 19, 2018 8:31 PM

A newly obtained document shows President Donald Trump signed a letter of intent to move forward with negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Russia, despite his attorney Rudy Giuliani claiming on Sunday the document was never signed.

CNN's Chris Cuomo obtained a copy of the signed letter of intent that set the stage for negotiations for Trump condominiums, a hotel and commercial property in the heart of Moscow. The letter is dated October 28, 2015, and bears the President's signature.

When asked on Sunday about the letter, Giuliani incorrectly told CNN's Dana Bash that it had not been signed.

"It was a real estate project. There was a letter of intent to go forward, but no one signed it," Giuliani told Bash.

The non-binding document is also signed by Andrey Rozov, owner of I.C. Expert Investment Co., the Russian firm that would have been responsible for developing the property.

READ: How Trump Tower fits into Russian interference

Trump did not tell the public during the 2016 presidential campaign that his company explored the business deal with Russia and instead repeatedly claimed he had "nothing to do with Russia." But the project, which was ultimately scrapped, would've given Trump's company a $4 million upfront fee, no upfront costs, a percentage of the sales and control over marketing and design. The deal also included an opportunity to name the hotel spa after Trump's daughter Ivanka.

The special counsel's team investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election alleges the deal could have been lucrative for the Trump Organization.

While the potential Trump Tower Moscow deal was on the table, then-candidate Trump was speaking positively about working with Russian President Vladimir Putin and minimizing Russia's aggressive military moves around the world.

Giuliani suggested on Sunday that Trump had spoken with Michael Cohen, Trump's corporate attorney at the time, later than January 2016 about the proposed Moscow project, and said in an interview with ABC that the conversations may have gone as far as toward the end of the general election period.

"According to the answer that he gave, it would have covered all the way up to November of -- covered all the way up to November 2016," Giuliani said, seemingly referencing Trump's written responses to special counsel Robert Mueller.

On Tuesday, Giuliani told CNN that the question to Trump from Mueller was more generally asking if Trump talked to Cohen about the project. The question was not about specific dates or conversations, Giuliani said.

CNN previously obtained a draft of the letter that Trump eventually signed. In 2017, Cohen told congressional committees investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election that Trump had signed the letter. Donald Trump Jr. also testified to Congress that his father signed the letter of intent.

Last week, Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for crimes that included arranging payments during the 2016 presidential election to silence women who claimed affairs with Trump. Trump has denied the affairs.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 498646

Reported Deaths: 33433
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Queens765237293
Kings749037387
Bronx552134987
Nassau494962208
Suffolk488292019
Westchester403221470
New York358973195
Rockland17832683
Richmond171741095
Orange13548505
Erie12971713
Monroe7256300
Dutchess5465163
Onondaga5399207
Albany3613136
Broome351683
Oneida2709128
Ulster251595
Niagara2065101
Putnam180563
Sullivan176548
Chemung17103
Schenectady156450
Saratoga133417
Rensselaer109442
Steuben98457
Chautauqua90513
Columbia69938
Ontario66335
Oswego6234
Tioga61030
Tompkins6090
Madison56317
Cortland5420
Greene50118
Wayne4825
Cattaraugus4706
Warren45733
Orleans40154
Otsego3985
St. Lawrence3964
Herkimer39010
Cayuga3892
Chenango3887
Genesee3845
Fulton36224
Washington33514
Livingston3038
Allegany2891
Montgomery2664
Clinton2445
Jefferson2060
Essex1970
Wyoming1865
Delaware1737
Seneca1423
Schuyler1240
Yates1217
Lewis1200
Schoharie1100
Franklin800
Hamilton160
Unassigned021
Utica
Overcast
44° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 44°
Oneonta
Overcast
43° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 43°
Herkimer
Overcast
45° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 45°
Thendara
Overcast
45° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 45°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Click here to learn more about A Healthier Mohawk Valley
VOTE OCTOBER 22-30
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve
WKTV Golf Card - Under 150 left