Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), a top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, says his committee may need to call on President Trump to testify on newly released emails sent during his presidential campaign that detailed a Trump Tower real estate plan for Moscow, Russia that was later scrapped.
Swalwell told Yahoo News that his committee needed to seek testimony from Felix Sater, a Russian-born developer and Trump associate, as well as the president.
“This is a bright light in an ever growing constellation of contacts between Donald Trump and Russia,” Swalwell said of the newly surfaced emails about the Trump Tower project in Moscow.
Swalwell also said that Sater is a “relevant witness” who could have been a “pivotal player” between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
“We don’t want to be reckless,” Swalwell told Yahoo. “But that should be on the table. My belief is we have to hear from all relevant witnesses, and it does look like he [Trump] is likely relevant.”
The Hill reports:
Trump’s company and investors signed a letter of intent to open up a massive development as part of the Trump brand but dropped the deal in January 2016 after they failed to get the land and permits to launch the project, The Washington Post reported Sunday.
Sater had reportedly also encouraged Trump to visit Moscow to hear about the proposal and promised he could get Russian President Vladimir Putin to say “great things” about Trump, according to the Post.
Developers first began discussing a deal in 2015, but it’s unclear if Trump was aware of the negotiations.