Trump Tower Moscow Attempts
I'm looking forward to reviewing all the known facts as well as falsehoods or myths surrounding Sater's involvement with the attempts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. But for now, this shell of a page will be the placeholder.
Targeting completion for June/July 2020.
Attempt 1 (2006)
Attempt 2 (2013-14)
Attempt 3 (2015-16)
Though this page will end up being very long and detailed regarding the timeline, players, and facts of the third and seemingly most important attempt to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, I do want to leave these points here for consideration in the interim.
1. Felix Sater's Attorney, Robert Wolf, Makes Valid Points in His Statement
Mr. Wolf makes note of a few things which have troubled me in the media's portrayal of Felix Sater, one being their focus more on what took place between 1991-1996, rather than what's more interesting and occurred later and aligns more with what's unfolding now between 2016-2020.
While it is yes, possible, Felix Sater fooled the entire US intelligence community at the highest levels of government for his entire cooperation period in working with them, there is no evidence Mr. Sater is presently under any suspicion, nor was ever under any suspicion for being "Putin's asset" or part of the Mogilevich network, or any of the other internet theories regarding him. While anything is possible, this is very unlikely. As Mr. Wolf points out, if they ever were suspicious of him or his intentions and felt utilizing him as an asset, informant, or whichever term you choose, was risky and could in any way endanger the lives of others in the military or intelligence worlds, he would never have been permitted to cooperate with them for as long as it has been confirmed he did.
This is common sense.
Here are just a handful of examples out of of hundreds, maybe thousands, where this conspiracy theory is being perpetuated online:
2. Felix Sater Identified as Undercover Asset for Defense Intelligence Agency In Mid-Summer 2019 Article With Very Few Journalists Asking What/Why/When Questions, Inexplicably
Politico - June 2019 - This article referred to a "person familiar with the matter" so it's unclear how accurate this is (take heed), but we do know Sater has at times throughout his many confirmed years working with the US intelligence community, assisted the Defense Intelligence Agency. This work began 1997 when Sater was recruited by Milton Blane in Moscow. They needed information regarding a missile defense system which the Soviets had built during the Cold War period. It was a threat to the United States at the time.
Even Mother Jones who took relish in perpetuating the Mueller Russiagate investigation along with Felix Sater's role in facilitating the Trump Tower Moscow talks wrote an article questioning what was going on; why Sater's testimony regarding all things Donald Trump, Trump Org, and Trump Tower Moscow had now been changed to private.
3. When there was a lunch break recess during Sater's July 2019 testimony, he spoke to the media with his lawyer and accused Glenn Simpson of committing perjury when he testified regarding Sater being linked to the Mogilevich Network and the Prevezon Holdings case..
If you recall in Mr. Simpson's testimony, he specifically stated:
To put Trump Tower Moscow into a visual chronology of events, the following documents will be sourced:
Michael Cohen testimony transcript - Feb 2019
Michael Cohen testimony transcript - Mar 2019
March 2015 -
Business Insider did an article regarding the state of Moscow City in the areas where skyscrapers had been built, depicting an area where “a shocking 45% of these buildings are empty” https://www.businessinsider.com/moscows-empty-financial-district-photos-2015-3#those-are-a-few-of-the-reasons-why-a-shocking-45-of-these-buildings-are-empty-reports-real-estate-consultancy-group-blackwood-7
April/May 2015 -
A Buzzfeed article published later in 2017 would cover the person who was most involved in repairing the damage from the “spring of 2015” hack of the Pentagon and Joint Chiefs of Staff, a spearfishing hack campaign later attributed to Russia hacker group, Cozy Bear. Robert Johnson left and joined Crowdstrike by Nov 2015.