As the seemingly never-ending congressional effort to somehow find evidence of President Donald Trump colluding with Russia in the 2016 election continues in spite of the no collusion determination of the $35 million Mueller report. Russia-born business executive Felix Sater is questioned by the House Intelligence Committee after being subpoenaed by Chairman, Adam Schiff (D-Calif). Sater worked with Trump associates on a canceled effort to build a skyscraper in Moscow prior to the presidential election and answered questions from the press.
Reporter: How much did the president know about the Trump Tower Moscow deal?
Mr. Felix Sater: He certainly knew what he knew.
Reporter: And how much was that?
Mr. Sater: I don’t know.
Reporter: “Did you talk to him extensively about it in the run-up to the 2016 elections?”
Mr. Sater: “No. I spoke to Michael Cohen about it.
Reporter: “What about Donald Trump Jr? How much did he know?” and
Mr. Sater replied: You’ll have to ask them. I’m sorry. I don’t know the details about what they knew or didn’t know.
Reporter: You said you spoke to Michael Cohen extensively about this project. Did Michael Cohen tell you about what he revealed to Donald Trump? and
Mr. Sater: Not really.
Reporter: So there’s nothing that you can really provide to this committee about what the president’s knowledge of this project is?
Mr. Sater: No, I can’t.
As the congressional panel rehashes topics and questions undoubtedly already covered by special counsel Robert Mueller in his famous report, Sater confirmed no extensive conversation with the president about the Moscow skyscraper and that he instead spoke with the president’s former personal lawyer, inmate Michael Cohen who according to Politico, received three years in prison in December 2018 for a series of tax fraud and lying charges and was ordered to forfeit $500,000 in assets and pay $1.393 million in restitution to the IRS. Sater also explained that Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson lied to Congress, had ties to Russia via Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, and was behind the infamously questionable Steele dossier full of allegations about President Trump’s connections to Russia and funded in part by the Democratic National Committee.
Reporter: Has the committee asked you anything differently than what you were already previously asked?
Mr. Sater: More of the same, pretty much. More of the same. We did cover a new topic. Glenn Simpson perjuring himself at the Judiciary Committee on two occasions.
Reporter: About what, specifically?
Mr. Sater: Me, specifically and the fact that that’s what motivated him to start investigating when it was actually the fact that he was working for Veselnitskaya (Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya). I don’t know if anybody knows that. He was working for her for quite some time. So that’s the closest to Russia you’re going to get is Glenn Simpson.”
Includes reporting from Politico and the Associated Press