We haven’t heard this name, in some time.
Felix Sater, the shady character who occasionally found his way into conversations about Donald Trump throughout the primary and election season is back.
Sater is a former business partner of Trump’s, with a history of legal troubles. His former real estate company, the Bayrock Group, had a big hand in selling Trump’s condos to Russia.
He’s also the guy who did a stint in prison for stabbing a guy in the face with the stem of a martini glass.
Reportedly, Sater has been in contact with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, and from what he’s telling people, he feels there is the distinct possibility of trouble ahead.
Honestly, I had forgotten about the guy, but then this piece from Raw Story pops up:
Sater hinted in an interview earlier this month that he may be cooperating with both Mueller’s investigation and congressional probes of Trump.
“In about the next 30 to 35 days, I will be the most colourful character you have ever talked about,” Sater told New York Magazine. “Unfortunately, I can’t talk about it now, before it happens. And believe me, it ain’t anything as small as whether or not they’re gonna call me to the Senate committee.”
Sater has gone as far as to suggest that he may be looking at prison time, with Trump not far behind.
This could, of course, all be bluster from a sketchy character, looking to raise his profile.
The talk of former Trump associates turning on the president has become a topic of consideration, however, and it may have a bit of weight to it.
Last week, reports were that the FBI had conducted a raid on the home of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
To be clear, the FBI aren’t in the habit of just randomly raiding peoples’ homes. In order for that raid to happen, a judge would have had to approve it, based on evidence presented that was strong enough to make him say, “Yeah. Maybe you guys need to go in there.”
Immediately following the news of the raid (which was conducted in late July), the National Enquirer, a supermarket tabloid that has been very loyal to Donald Trump, splashed a headline accusing Manafort of a torrid affair with a much younger woman.
My first thought: Does Manafort have the kind of profile, outside of diehard politicos, that would make a story about his indiscretions front page-worthy?
He’s no Johnny Depp, after all.
The story is that Manafort may be rolling on Trump, and he needs to be discredited.
And great, big, fat caveat, here. This is all speculation of the highest order.
As it is, we don’t know if Felix Sater actually has spoken with Mueller’s team. We don’t know if Paul Manafort has anything to actually damage Trump. Maybe the National Enquirer was having a really slow news day.
Time will tell.