A Russian-born American real estate developer has reportedly told his family that he is preparing to go to jail with President Donald Trump.
Felix Sater, who is a former managing director of New York City-based real estate company Bayrock Group LLC and a longtime business partner of Trump, is now cooperating with FBI agents who are investigating an international money-laundering network, The Inquisitr reported. The network could involve Trump’s business organization.
Sater allegedly has deep ties to the Russian mafia and the Russian government. He also has a history of legal troubles, and has previously acted as an FBI informant after he pleaded guilty in a 1998 $40 million stock fraud scheme.
Now Sater is believed to have been involved in the movement of “dirty money” from several wealthy Eastern European families to invest in U.S. real estate. He reportedly helped Soviet official and Kazakh politician Viktor Khrapunov invest embezzled government funds in U.S. real estate — properties which included apartments in Trump Soho.
According to a report by the Spectator, Sater told his family that he is preparing to go to prison after Special Counsel Robert Mueller began probing the president’s recent business activities. The investigation may have uncovered unlawful transactions between Sater and Trump.
Rumors of Sater cooperating with the FBI have been circulating for months. The rumors intensified when he interviewed with New York magazine in August.
“In about the next 30 to 35 days, I will be the most colorful character you have ever talked about,” Sater reportedly told the magazine. “Unfortunately, I can’t talk about it now, before it happens. And believe me, it ain’t anything as small as whether or not they’re gonna call me to the Senate committee.”
Trump has previously warned Muller not to investigate his family business past the scope of the Russian collusion allegations. He also called Mueller’s appointment a conflict of interest, and said there “were many other conflicts” he would reveal in the future.
While the president has been under intense scrutiny this week for his failure to immediately condemn white supremacist groups for the death of one counter protester during a Charlottesville, Virginia rally — and then blaming “both sides” — he did not appear to waste any time to condemn the terrorist attacks that occurred in Barcelona, Spain, on Aug. 17.
The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017
“The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!” the president tweeted. “Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!”