WhoWhatWhy’s March 27 exclusive on Donald Trump, the FBI, Russia, and the mob focused on several key figures. One was Felix Sater, a Trump associate and prized FBI informant. We delved into his criminal past, his company, Bayrock, and its work with the Trump Organization.
Sater was even more
intimately involved with Trump and his fortunes than we initially
realized. According to a sworn 2008 deposition in a suit Trump filed
against the author Timothy O’Brien, the developer gave Sater’s company,
Bayrock, an exclusive on all development deals in Russia.
Sater expanded on the point of how central their relationship was.
highly unlikely I’ve had conversations prior to the end of 2005 with
almost any developer where I didn’t use my ‘Trump card’ — my ‘Trump
card’ was what is my value added, my competitive advantage. My
competitive advantage is anybody can come in and build a tower. [But] I
can build a Trump Tower, because of my relationship with Trump.”
had even proposed to take the Mar-a-Lago brand global, to pitch a
“high-end resort situation.” He was going around the world selling
Trump’s name while playing to Trump’s megalomaniacal instincts.
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