Trump Associate Felix Sater Was Former Intelligence Agent For U.S.; Claimed He Could Convince Russia And Putin To Help Elect Trump President; No Evidence Of Sater Actually Delivering On Promises

 In Conflicts Of Interest, Russia   Last Updated: March 17, 2018

Felix Sater, an associate of Trump, wrote “a series of emails to Mr. Trump’s laywer, Michael Cohen, in which he boasted about his ties to Mr. Putin” and stated “our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it,” and “I will get all of Putins team to buy in on this, I will manage this process” also suggesting that Putin would support and assist getting Trump elected President.

However, “there is no evidence in the emails that Mr. Sater delivered on his promises, and one email suggests that Mr. Sater overstated his Russian ties.”

Sater is a Russian immigrant and “had served time in jail in the 1990s after a bar fight and pleaded guilty in 1998 to his role in Mafia-linked stock fraud. Federal officials have said he then cooperated on various national security and criminal investigations.”

Sater was also a former intelligence agent working for the United States:

He worked as an asset for the CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency (or DIA) and tracked Osama bin Laden. Then he worked for more than a decade for the FBI, providing intel on everything from the mob to North Korea’s drive for nuclear weapons. He still operates as a source for the bureau, according to two current FBI agents.

He did some of this work to fend off prison time after he admitted guilt in a stock scam — but he had started helping the US government before then, and he continued to report back to the FBI after the agreement ended. 

 

 

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Rosalind Helderman, Carol Leonnig, and Tom Hamburger. "Top Trump Organization executive asked Putin aide for help on business deal." Washington Post, 28 August 2017. Web. 31 August 2017.
Anthony Cormier and Jason Leopold. "How A Player In The Trump-Russia Scandal Led A Double Life As An American Spy." BuzzFeed News, 12 March 2018. Web. 17 March 2018.
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