Trump associate Felix Sater reveals covert career as US intel asset

Sater told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos that despite his portrayal in the media as something just short of a Russian spy, he is in fact a "patriot."
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Transcript for Trump associate Felix Sater reveals covert career as US intel asset
business associate. You worked for defense intelligence agency. Yes. You also work for CIA. Yes. You were FBI informant. Was never an informant was a confidential source. The range of things you were involved in is staggering. Mafia here in the United States. Yes. Al Qaeda. Yes. Phone numbers of Osama bin lad lad in. Yes. Stepping into the light talk in his first ever TV interview. Your career is straight out of a movie. I don't think if screen writer was trying to write this movie that they could make this up. For more than a decade salor has led a double life. Somebody said it sounds like with you were building trump towers by day and hunting bin laden by night. Secretly worked as an intelligence sa result of a plea deal. He said he provided information to the American government on North Korea, cyber terrorists and assassination attempts against gorge bush and colorain Powell. Do you still work for the government. I never officially worked for the government. I was a confidential source. Was or are. Are. Most recently last year. The U.S. Government came to me and said they needed assistance in making evaluations of various foreign governments, foreign individuals. Most of his case was sealed for years because his intelligence work was so senszittive. Still leading secret life of an intelligence operative he started working with trump around 2000 when his company rented space in the trump tower. I would present him deals we would discuss it and I'd work on it. Despite the years of history between them in 2013 deposition trump would claim not to recall him. If he were sitting in the room right now I really wouldn't know what he looked like. This is your business card. Yes. He says he doesn't know who you are is he at the timing you the truth. I'm sorry I can't speak for the president. You worked for him many years. Yes. Spoke with him dozens of times, hundreds of times. Yes. What's it feel like when Donald Trump said I don't think I could pick him out in a room. Disappointing. Trump may claim not to know who Sater is but little doubt Robert Mueller does. Was he aware of your work, cooperation. At the time I never met Robert Mueller directly but assumed he was at such a high level that he must have known. The idea of the special counsel is the one that didn't close, trump tower in Moscow. I approached Michael Cohn about the opportunity. Was vae exciting. Donald Trump designed the letter of intent. You known Michael Cohn a long time. Since we were teenagers. Some of the e-mails, were published one saying I will get Putin on this program and get Donald elected. We can engineer it. I will get all of Putin's team to buy in on it what did you mean? Two guys known each other since teenage years being beyond giddy that someone they knew and worked for trying to do a deal in Russia and clearly if the deal had gone a little further and I wished it would have I would have gotten on the phone and made phone calls and gotten to people who know Putin to try to get his blessing and bring him on board and hopefully -- -- Help to elect Donald Trump. I was trying to do a real estate transaction. I clearly was not involved in the campaign nor in the political end. Have you at any time in your career ever been asked by anyone in the U.S. Government to give information on Donald Trump. No. I have been asked questions about my work. I've been asked questions about trump Moscow deal. Been asked many questions but no one in the U.S. Government asked me to give information on Donald Trump. He said Russia did try to influence the 2016 elections but that he knows nothing with it and has harsh words for anyone who might. Send them to jail.

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