Rep. Adam Schiff, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, told reporters Sunday that President Trump is “dishonest” about his financial dealings with Russia.
The lawmaker made the remarks on CNN when Dana Bash brought up the revelations that Trump’s longtime associate and private lawyer, Michael Cohen, was discussing a real estate development in Moscow with a top Kremlin official at the time Trump was campaigning in the U.S.
According to several media reports, Cohen contacted Putin’s senior aide Dmitry Peskov in January 2016 asking for his “assistance” in building a Trump Tower in Moscow. The press learned about the interaction between the two from a private e-mail.
The Washington Post found that Trump’s lawyer wrote an email to Peskov to complain that the communications between a Russian company and his client “have stalled.” Cohen underlined that the project was “too important,” so he needed the Russian official’s “assistance.”
I respectfully request someone, preferably you, contact me so that I might discuss the specifics as well as arranging meetings with the appropriate individuals,
Cohen wrote in the e-mail.
Trump Misled the Public on His Business Connections with Russia
Rep. Schiff thinks that the communication between Trump’s attorney and the Russian operative is “very significant” since President Trump repeatedly said on the campaign trail that he had no business connections with Russia.
Schiff also thinks that the connection is important because, if the business dealings happened while Trump was campaigning, those dealings likely influenced his proposed policies in a “pro-Russia” direction.
Between September 2015 and January 2016, Trump praised Putin in his public speeches while the Trump Tower Moscow deal was in the making. In September 2015, he said on Fox News that Putin was a better leader than Obama. Yuck, that statement should make anyone sick to their stomach.
When Putin described him as a “bright and talented person” in December 2015, Trump thanked the “highly respected” Russian leader for the “nice compliment.”
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