Rudy Giuliani, personal attorney to the president, claimed on Sunday that then-candidate Donald Trump never signed a letter of intent to further negotiations on his proposed Trump Tower Moscow, but CNN has obtained a copy of the letter — and it bears the signature of Donald J. Trump.
CNN's Chris Cuomo obtained a copy of the signed letter of intent that set the stage for negotiations for Trump condominiums, a hotel and commercial property in the heart of Moscow. The letter is dated October 28, 2015, and bears the President's signature.
When asked on Sunday about the letter, Giuliani incorrectly told CNN's Dana Bash that it had not been signed.
"It was a real estate project. There was a letter of intent to go forward, but no one signed it," Giuliani told Bash.
During his 2016 campaign, Trump withheld from the public that he was pursuing a real estate deal in Russia, often saying just the opposite — that he had “nothing to do with Russia.”
But the project, which was ultimately scrapped, would've given Trump's company a $4 million upfront fee, no upfront costs, a percentage of the sales and control over marketing and design. The deal also included an opportunity to name the hotel spa after Trump's daughter Ivanka.
As he was holding discussions with his then-attorney Michael Cohen regarding the deal — conversations Giuliani said could have taken place “all the way up to November of -- covered all the way up to November 2016” — Trump was also leading the pack of Republican candidates.
Barely ten weeks after signing the letter of intent, Trump was declared the frontrunner for the Republican nomination on January 22, 2016 by The Washington Post:
The Iowa caucuses are 10 days from Friday. And Donald Trump, the larger-than-life real estate reality star, is — still — the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination. Not only has Trump not disappeared or imploded — as everyone everywhere predicted he would — he appears to be getting stronger in both early-state and national polling as actual votes draw closer.
At this point, Trump's path to putting the nomination away quickly is far easier than the one Hillary Clinton must travel to capture the Democratic nomination. That doesn't mean Trump is a sure thing just yet, but he has, without question, the best chance of any Republican running to claim the party's top prize.
And by early May, the Republican Party had jumped on board the Trump wagon, declaring him the presumptive nominee and urging the party to unite behind him.
The Washington Post agreed:
Donald Trump's victories in a series of Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states over the past two weeks, culminating in his big win Tuesday in Indiana and Ted Cruz's exit, have made one thing clear: He is the presumptive Republican nominee.
As the presumptive Republican nominee in a U.S. presidential election, Trump hid from the public that he was actively pursuing a deal in Vladimir Putin’s Russia even as Russia was attacking the very process that would eventually hand him the presidency.