The Kremlin on Wednesday confirmed it had received an email from a lawyer representing President Trump’s company seeking aid for a project in Moscow, according to a spokesman.
Dmitry Peskov, who is Russian President Vladimir Putin’s personal spokesman, said the Kremlin never replied as “it’s not our issue.”
“We don’t respond to such business topics,” he told reporters during a conference call, according to Bloomberg.
“It’s not our job and we left it without a response,” Peskov added of attorney Michael Cohen’s January 2016 email on behalf of the Trump Organization.
Peskov said Cohen “asked for some sort of recommendation or promotion” of a proposed Trump Tower project in the Moscow City financial district.
The spokesman added that the email was addressed to the Kremlin press service’s general address.
Peskov said the service gets “thousands of messages,” including many “that aren’t in our area of competence.”
The subject of Cohen’s message was never discussed with Putin, Peskov added, noting he personally did not know Cohen and no further emails were sent to the Kremlin.
The Washington Post on Monday reported that Cohen, who Trump’s longtime lawyer and executive vice president at the Trump Organization, reached out to Peskov in January 2016.
“Over the past few months, I have been working with a company based in Russia regarding the development of a Trump Tower – Moscow project in Moscow City,” he said, a person familiar with the email told The Post. “As this project is too important, I am hereby requesting your assistance.”
“I respectfully request someone, preferably you, contact me so that I can discuss the specifics as well as arranging meetings with the appropriate individuals. I thank you in advance for your assistance and look forward to hearing from you.”
Cohen told the House Intelligence Committee Monday that the “Trump Tower Moscow” project collapsed two weeks later.
The Trump Organization attorney added the deal was a routine business proposal and that he never heard back from Peskov.
Cohen’s message to the Kremlin came during the 2016 GOP presidential primary eventually won by Trump.
Special counsel Robert Mueller and several congressional committees are probing potential collusion between Russia and Trump’s election campaign last year.