The New York Times revealed Monday that during the presidential campaign, a business associate of President Trump's pushed a potential real estate deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin, asserting a Trump Tower in Moscow would "get Donald elected." The Times acquired a series of emails between Felix Sater and Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, that show Sater telling Cohen, "Our boy can become president of the U.S.A. and we can engineer it ... I will get all of Putin's team to buy in on this." Also Monday, The Washington Post revealed that Cohen emailed Dmitry Peskov, Putin's personal spokesman, in January 2016 to ask for help moving forward the stalled project. In the missive, Cohen explicitly requested "assistance," as well as help "arranging meetings with the appropriate individuals." The project was reportedly abandoned later that month.

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