Trump’s pal plotted to hire journalist for negative stories
Felix Sater — the Russian-born, real estate mogul who helped build Trump Soho — once looked to hire a journalist for $1,000 a month to post and blog negative stories about an enemy. Randi Newton, currently a dating columnist for the New York Observer …
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Felix Sater — the Russian-born, real estate mogul who helped build Trump Soho — once looked to hire a journalist for $1,000 a month to post and blog negative stories about an enemy.
Randi Newton, currently a dating columnist for the New York Observer, met with Sater for an hour four years ago to discuss the job offer. “I had responded to an ad for content. This man, Peter, said he was working with Felix Sater,” Newton told me. She eventually met with Sater for more than an hour. “He was very charismatic. He said he worked with Trump,” she recalled.
A 2013 e-mail from Peter Loehfelm of the PJ Walter branding company to Sater states: “Randi will get in touch with Felix on the flow of report ability of the entire process she will embark on and will also journal the details for the reports she will submit.”
Newton said she was instructed to post her “take-down pieces” from different Kinko’s (FedEx Office stores) around the city so she couldn’t be traced by IP addresses.
But Newton was never told who her target was. “It never went to the next step. It was very shady.”
Sater, former managing director of Bayrock Group LLC, is a central figure in special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.
In January, Sater met with Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen and Ukrainian politician Andrey Artemenko at the Loews Regency to discuss a peace plan for Ukraine.
“With the number of intelligence agencies that Mr. Sater has worked with, to think he suggested Kinko’s as a workaround for IP masking when inexpensive simple anonymizer software accomplishes the same goal puts this entire story in question,” Sater’s spokesman Ronn Torossian said.
“Mr. Sater has no recollection of this meeting.”
Loehfelm said Sater would have hired Newton “to have his own social media and press relations cleaned up. Not for another party.”