House Intelligence Panel Interviewing Russia-Born Executive

A decade before running for president, real estate tycoon Donald Trump talks on his cellphone after speaking at the Bixpo 2005 business convention at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colo. At right is Felix Sater. (Cyrus McCrimmon/The Denver Post via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russia-born business executive who worked with President Donald Trump’s associates on an effort to build a skyscraper in Moscow is on Capitol Hill Tuesday talking to congressional investigators.

Felix Sater is talking to staff on the House intelligence committee as part of the panel’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The panel’s chairman, California Rep. Adam Schiff, subpoenaed Sater last month after he didn’t show up for a scheduled interview.

The panel is investigating contacts between Russia and the Trump campaign detailed in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

Sater worked with Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, on the skyscraper deal before the 2016 election. The project was later abandoned, and Cohen is now in prison, partly on charges that he lied to Congress about the project.

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By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press

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