In today's sketchy Trump administration news, President Donald Trump's counselor, Michael Cohen, reportedly drafted a plan to lift sanctions on Russia, which he had delivered by hand to former national security adviser Michael Flynn before he was forced to resign, The New York Times reports.
The plan was reportedly encouraged by Cohen along with Russian-American real estate developer Felix Sater, who has been involved with the Trump organization's agreements in Russia. Finally, Ukrainian lawmaker Andrii V. Artemenko helped out with the draft, too.
The document detailed lifting sanctions on Russia if Moscow removes its backing of pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine, which have battled against Russian forces since 2014 when Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko filled the seat, Business Insider reports.
Additionally, the "peace" plan would keep Russia in control of Crimea, which it annexed in 2014.
Cohen refutes any involvement with the plan, telling Business Insider via text he "emphatically" denies devising it, "or even knowing what the plan is." He said he only met with Artemenko for "under 10 minutes" to talk about a plan approved by Russian authorities.
The Times reportedly told The Washington Post that Cohen "told The Times in no uncertain terms that he delivered the Ukraine proposal to Michael Flynn’s office at the White House. Mr. Sater told the Times that Mr. Cohen had told him the same thing."
It's all very shady, and very dubious.
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