aside The Case Of The Moscow Trump Tower That Almost Was In 2014

 

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“This is the first report that I’ve read about the 2013-2014) development that had been in the works for the Moscow Towers. This narrative details how far along this project had gotten before it was abandoned because in 2014 -2015, the Russian economy had taken a downturn due in part to the 2014 US sanctions which had been imposed on Russia, after it had invaded without provocation into Crimea, Ukraine. “

“This tidbit is important because these circumstances could provide the republican President Donald Trump with the incentive to do whatever he could, to lift these sanctions from Russia.”

Image result for photos of trump with russians in white houseI have wondered (speculation only) if he wasn’t motivated in part to become president, specifically to get those pesky sanctions on Russia lifted. I have suffered similar thoughts about the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who had no love for the US Department of State and who, as Exxon’s CEO had become very frustrated with the 2014 sanctions which blocked an important, very lucrative deal he had negotiated with Roseneft, a Russian oil company.

The difference is that Mr. Tillerson, as a former Boy Scout leader would not be willing to betray his country, whereas, President Trump might.

Image result for photos of trump and aras agalarovHere is the rest of the story…

On July 11, 2017, Michael Isokoff of Yahoo penned the following report, “New details emerge on Moscow real estate deal that led to the Trump-Kremlin alliance.”

Excerpts:

“While in Moscow for the Miss Universe pageant in November 2013, Donald Trump entered into a formal business deal with Aras Agalarov, a Russian oligarch close to Vladimir Putin, to construct a Trump Tower in the Russian capital. He later assigned his son, Donald Trump Jr., to oversee the project, according to Rob Goldstone, the British publicist who arranged the controversial 2016 meeting between the younger Trump and a Kremlin-linked lawyer.”

Image result for photos of trump and aras agalarov“Trump has dismissed the idea he had any business deals in Russia, saying at one point last October, “I have nothing to do with Russia.”

“But Goldstone’s account, provided in an extensive interview in March in New York, offers new details of the proposed Trump project that appears to have been further along than most previous reports have suggested, and even included a trip by Ivanka Trump to Moscow to identify potential sites.”

“According to the publicist, the project — structured as a licensing deal in which Agalarov would build the tower with Trump’s name on it — was only abandoned after the Russian economy floundered. The economic downturn resulted in part from sanctions imposed by the U.S. and the European Union following Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.” (I had speculated on this, but this is confirmation.)

Image result for photos of trump and aras agalarov“Goldstone’s version of events implies a possible explanation for Trump’s interest in lifting sanctions on Russia — a policy move his administration quietly pursued in its first few weeks until it ran into strong opposition from members of Congress and officials within the State Department.”

“Goldstone placed Donald Trump Jr. at the center of the Trump Tower deal, saying that his father assigned his eldest son the job of moving the project to fruition after the signing of a “letter of intent” between the Trump Organization and Agalarov’s company, the Crocus Group. It is not clear if the future president personally signed the “letter of intent,” but Michael Cohen, a longtime lawyer for Trump, told Yahoo News Tuesday that it would have been standard practice for Trump, as president of the Trump Organization, to do so.”

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“Goldstone also said that Ivanka Trump flew to Moscow in 2014 and met with Emin Agilarov, the oligarh’s son, a pop singer and a vice president of the Crocus Group, to identify sites for the project. Confirming Goldstone’s account, Mother Jones late Tuesday (7/11/17) published a photo of Ivanka Trump flew to Moscow in 2014.”

“Trump “put Donald Jr. in charge and then Ivanka went to Moscow to look around for what the location would be,” Goldstone said. But the plans for a Trump Tower fell apart because “the economy tanked in Russia’’ after the imposition of Western sanctions, he said.”

Goldstone, a British-born publicist who once did worked for Michael Jackson, represents Emin Agalarov in his music career and was present in Moscow during the Miss Universe pageant when the Trump Tower project was discussed by Trump and Aras Agalarov. His role has gotten new attention this week after the New York Times disclosed that Goldstone emailed Donald Trump Jr. in June 2016 urging him to meet with a Russian lawyer to receive damaging information from the Russian government about Hillary Clinton.”

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“Trump Jr. released his email exchange with Goldstone on Tuesday, confirming the key role of the publicist and, more significantly, the Agalarovs, in offering negative information about Clinton on behalf of the Kremlin. “Emin just called and asked me to contact you with something very interesting,” Goldstone wrote Trump Jr. on June 3, 2016.”

A chief prosecutor in Russia “offered to provide the Trump campaign some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and would be very useful to your father. This is very high-level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support of Mr. Trump — helped along by Aras and Emin.”

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Trump Jr., accompanied by then campaign chief Paul Manafort and senior adviser Jared Kushner, met with the Russian lawyer at Goldstone’s request to review the information she purported to have. “He met with her face-to-face to determine” the validity of the advertised documents and “no information was provided.”

“Goldstone had played a key role in helping to broker the initial decision by the Miss Universe pageant — then owned by the Trump Organization and NBC — to hold its 2013 contest in Moscow.”

Image result for photos of trump with russians in white house“According to Goldstone, he pitched the idea to Paula Schugart, then chief executive of Miss Universe, as a way to promote the music career of Emin Agalarov. Schugart was initially hesitant because of concerns about red tape in Moscow. “What if you had a  partner who owns the biggest venue in Moscow?” Emin Agalarov responded, according to Goldstone’s account. “Between myself and my father, we can cut through the red tape. You have a new partner.”

“The plans to bring Miss Universe to Moscow was announced by Trump in Las Vegas in June 2013 during the Miss USA contest. Trump at the time quickly expressed hope that it would lead to a meeting with Putin. “Do you think Putin will be going to the Miss Universe pageant in November in Moscow — if so, will he become my new best friend?” Trump had tweeted at the time.”

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“The trip gave Trump an opportunity to discuss the plans for the Trump Tower in Moscow with Agalarov, a billionaire who has been called “the Trump of Russia” and “Putin’s builder” because of massive construction projects he has done on behalf of the Kremlin. Just 10 days before the Miss Universe pageant, Putin had given Agalarov a prestigious award at a ceremony at the Kremlin: Order of Honor of the Russian Federation.”

“In an interview with Forbes this March, Emin Agalarov confirmed the plans for trump Tower in Moscow.” We thought that building a Trump Tower next to and Agalarov tower-having the two big names- could be a really cool project to execute,” Emin Agalarov told the magazine. Agalarov blamed the abandonment of of the project on Trump’s decision to run for president (in August, 2015), rather than the imposition of sanctions.”

Note: This blog was updated last updated on July 13, 2017.

10 comments

  1. Everything Trump touches is corrupt. How could he say he didn’t have business with Russia when he held the Miss Universe contest in Moscow? The pageant is a business. Liar

    • Dear CarolMaeWay,

      If he didn’t have business in Russia, it wasn’t from lack of trying. For me, I have wondered/ speculated if he didn’t want to become president, specifically to get those pesky sanctions on Russia lifted. I have thought likewise for the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who as Exxon CEO had become very frustrated with the US state department. The difference is that Mr. Tillerson, as a former Boy Scout leader would not be willing to betray this country, whereas, DDT would.

      Hugs, Gronda

  2. Gronda, as we know Trump has not earned the right to be taken at his word. Saying he had nothing to do with Russia was false the second the words left his mouth. Of course he has and he sees business opportunity.

    As for the Junior meeting, this was the likely the first step to see if the Russians could compromise a member of the Trump team and they got three for the price of one. It was announced yesterday that Jared Kushner’s role in data mining is being investigated by the House and Senate Committees, as the Russian bots and trolls needed to know where to focus their efforts. This meeting may be a bigger smoking gun than first realized. Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      The story about the June 9, 2016 was the lynch pin which for me, make all the pieces of the puzzle begin to fit into painting the picture of what really happened. I can’t be the only one who is doing likewise.

      Jared Kushner is in hot, hot, hot water.

      That meeting with that particular woman was not an innocent encounter.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • Agreed. The whole campaign has elevated scrutiny on the Trump and Kushner ways of doing business – lie, mislead, bully, stiff, sue …. This may be the best reason for Junior taking this meeting. The Trumps and Kushners always take these meetings. Remember the Times Magazine article which showed how little due diligence Trump did with his foreign partners, some who were former criminals, tax evaders, and launderers for circumspect people? Now, it is coming home to roost. Keith

        • Dear Keith,

          These young men have been raised with no moral compass. What’s ethics? As per the Trump family the concept of ethics is for losers, suckers.

          This is like Watergate where as bad as things looked in real time, turned out to be even worse as more facts became known over the passage of time.

          I base my analysis on their lack of integrity, honor, decency.

          Why doesn’t he just move to Moscow?

          Hugs, Gronda

    • Dear Suzanne,

      This won’t be one of US finer moments in history. But this story in our history books will highlight the importance of a free press in this country.

      Hugs, Gronda

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