The plans for Trump Tower Moscow included an architect’s drawing of a glass obelisk 100 stories high that would be the tallest building in Europe and branded multiple times with Donald Trump’s logo, it was revealed on Tuesday.
The drawing shows a fuller version of the project than Trump’s team indicated. Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney, claimed the project hadn’t gone beyond a letter of intent and ‘no plans were ever made.’
But architectural plans and business documents obtained by Buzzfeed News show an architect’s drawing of a gleaming glass tower along side the Moscow River topped by a diamond–like shape emblazoned on multiple sides with the Trump logo.
The architect’s drawing of Trump Tower Moscow, obtained by Buzzfeed, showed a glass obelisk 100 stories high and branded multiple times with Donald Trump’s logo
The proposed tower would be the tallest building in Europe
The plans were attached to the developer’s proposal and did not come from the Trump Organization, a source tells DailyMail.com.
“The building design you sent over is very interesting,” Russian real estate developer Andrey Rozov wrote to then-Trump attorney Michael Cohen in September 2015, according to Buzzfeed, “and will be an architectural and luxury triumph. I believe the tallest building in Europe should be in Moscow, and I am prepared to build it.”
Cohen was spearheading the project for the Trump Organization. He was in contact with Russian businessman interested in working on the project, which was looking to bring in profits of $300 million or more.
A final letter of intent signed by Trump on Oct. 28, 2015, noted Trump Tower Moscow would have “approximately 250 first class, luxury residential condominiums,” 15 floors of 150 hotel rooms, a luxury spa by Ivanka Trump and fitness center, and a commercial area for businesses to rent.
The project never came to fruition but it has become a focal point in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russia’s role in the 2016 election and whether Trump or any of his campaign team colluded with Moscow.
The president has repeatedly denied any collusion.
And Giuliani said Sunday of the project: ‘The thing had petered out quite a bit. They sent a letter of intent in. They didn’t even know where to send it, they knew so little about it. They finally got it straightened out and then they abandoned the project,’ he told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
And he told The New Yorker on Monday: ‘No plans were ever made. There were no drafts. Nothing in the file.”
The plans, Buzzfeed reported, included detailed financial arrangements: the Trump Organization would get a $4 million up-front payment. It would also receive a cut of all the condo sales and a cut for the commercial and office spaces along with 3 percent of sales on food and beverages, spa and fitness center use, and conference fees.
The plan was to build Trump Tower Moscow along the Moscow River
The drawing shows a glass building with a view of the river
In November, Buzzfeed reported the Trump Organization at one time planned to give Russian President Vladimir Putin a penthouse worth $50 million in the never-built tower.
Felix Sater, a real estate developer and former mobster turned FBI informant who advised the Trump Organization on the deal, said the idea was a marketing ploy.
‘In Russia, the oligarchs would bend over backwards to live in the same building as Vladimir Putin,’ Sater told Buzzfeed. ‘My idea was to give a $50 million penthouse to Putin and charge $250 million more for the rest of the units. All the oligarchs would line up to live in the same building as Putin.’
Trump insisted repeatedly throughout the presidential campaign that he had no business dealings in Russia.
Cohen entered a guilty plea in November to a charge of lying to Congress about timing surrounding conversations about the Trump Tower Moscow project and admitted it was discussed through the fall of 2016 while the president was running for office.
He testified before Congress that the project he pursued on Trump’s behalf was abandoned by the time of the Iowa Caucuses in January 2016; that would be consistent with Trump’s ‘political messaging.’
Rudy Giuliani told NBC News the plan never went beyond a letter of intent
Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former personal attorney, pled guilty to lying to Congress last year about the timeline involving talks of a Trump Tower Moscow
President Donald Trump insisted repeatedly throughout the presidential campaign that he had no business dealings in Russia
Mueller later filed documents revealing Cohen said he discussed the proposal with Trump on multiple occasions and with members of the president’s family, later in the year – even after Trump became the Republican nominee for president.
Cohen said he lied out of loyalty to Trump.
‘I made these misstatements to be consistent with Individual 1’s political messaging and out of loyalty to Individual 1,’ Cohen said at his plea hearing late last year.
‘Individual 1’ is Mueller’s name for Trump in the investigation.
Discussions about a planned construction project were ultimately abandoned and no contract was signed.