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he's the key figure in a plan pursued during Donald trump's twenty sixteen campaign to build a trump tower in Moscow and on Tuesday real estate developer Felix cedar appeared on Capitol Hill to tell the house intelligence committee what he knows about the now abandoned project , cedar was due to appear behind closed doors last month but failed to show saying he was sick , cedar worked with former trump lawyer Michael Coen in Russian contacts on the plan to build the tower he came under scrutiny after co in now serving three years in prison pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about when the tower talks had ended I am ashamed of my weakness Helen had told lawmakers it was January twenty sixteen but later admitted the talks lasted until well after trumpet clinch the nomination and while he was praising Vladimir Putin on the trail what people like me I like them , said he in code had talked about giving the towers fifty million dollar penthouse to Putin as a marketing stunt cedar is the latest but likely far from the last to be interviewed by house lawmakers in a range of Russia related probes the house Judiciary Committee said Tuesday it would seek subpoenas to speak with among others trump senior adviser and son in law Jared Kushner former national security adviser Michael Flynn former White House chief of staff John Kelly and former Attorney General Jeff sessions meanwhile Reuters has learned justice department lawyers last month interviewed former British pint Christopher steel he's the author of a controversial dossier that detailed allegations that trump's campaign colluded with Moscow and made salacious claims about trump himself which he did nine is a fake and phony dot CA dear about the does she steals interview is part of the agency's probe into the origins of the FBI investigation into trump information in the dossier help prop the FBI to seek a special warrant to monitor former trump adviser Carter page thank you special counsel Robert Muller ultimately found insufficient evidence of a criminal conspiracy between trump's campaign in Russia but he failed to clear trump of trying to impede the probe leaving further action to Congress