Trump associate Felix Sater arrives for closed-door interview with House Intel

Trump associate Felix Sater arrives for closed-door interview with House Intel
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' MORE's onetime business associate Felix Sater arrived Tuesday for a closed-door interview with the House Intelligence Committee, an appearance that comes after he missed an earlier interview scheduled last month.

Sater, who walked past a series of flashing cameras upon arrival, told reporters he intends to "tell the truth" when asked what he plans to share with the committee, which is conducting a sprawling investigation into Russia's election interference and Trump’s business dealings in Russia.


In particular, Democrats on the panel want to question Sater about his involvement in discussions to build a Trump real estate property in Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign. 

While the plans never came to fruition, the discussions still attracted scrutiny from former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE, who detailed the talks in his 448-page report.

Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenWhat to expect when Mueller testifies: Not much Cummings asks prosecutors about decision not to charge Trump in hush money probe Judiciary chair demands Hope Hicks clarify closed-door testimony MORE, the president's former lawyer and fixer, pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about how long those property discussions were held during the campaign and agreed to cooperate with Mueller's probe as part of his plea deal. He is currently serving a three-year prison sentence for lying to Congress as well as other crimes.

Sater's testimony before the committee, which was originally supposed to be public, was postponed twice after originally being slated in March.

When Sater did not appear for a scheduled interview before the committee last month, his attorney, Robert Wolf, said in a statement that Sater was prevented from appearing due to “unexpected health reasons.”

Morgan Chalfant contributed.