Report: Trump's lawyer hand-delivered Michael Flynn a plan to lift sanctions on Russia
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The plan, which involved lifting sanctions on Russia, was drafted by Cohen - a close confidante of President Donald Trump who has served as his organization's special counsel since 2007 - and Felix Sater, a Russian-American real estate developer who has helped the Trump Organization scout deals in Russia.
Sater, who has boasted of his "relationship with Trump," told the Washington Post that he "handled all of the negotiations" for the Trump Organization's dealings in Russia in the mid-2000's.
Ukrainian lawmaker Andrii V. Artemenko, who met with Trump's campaign team during the election, was also involved in drafting the proposal. Artemenko told the Times he had evidence of Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko's corruption that could lead to his ouster.
Poroshenko has been locked in a war with pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine since he took power in 2014, and is considered more friendly to the west than his predecessor, Viktor Yanukovych.
Cohen, Sater, and Artemek met in a hotel lobby on Park Avenue in Manhattan in late January to draw up the proposal, the Times said, which Cohen claimed was aimed at "bringing about peace" between Ukraine and Russia.
Cohen was named in the explosive, unsubstantiated dossier presented by top US intelligence officials to Trump and senior lawmakers last month that has increased scrutiny of his presidential campaign's ties to Russia.
The memos, compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele for an opposition research firm in Washington, DC, said that Cohen was part of the "ongoing secret liaison relationship between the New York tycoon's campaign and the Russian leadership," and that he met secretly with Kremlin officials in Prague in August 2016.
Cohen, whose wife is Ukrainian, insisted shortly after the dossier was published that he was in California at the time of the alleged meeting, and that he had never been to Prague.
The FBI is currently reviewing the allegations made in the dossier, and is pursuing three separate investigations into Russian hacking that targeted prominent Democrats during the US election. The intelligence community is also examining phone calls made between Trump associates and Russian officials throughout the campaign.
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