Felix Sater is a former business partner of President Donald Trump who - along with Michael Cohen - tried to build a Trump Tower in Moscow during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. He was scheduled to testify for the first time in open session before the House Intelligence Committee on March 27, 2019. On March 25, a day after Attorney General William Barr sent a letter to Congress about the Mueller probe, Sater's testimony before the House Intelligence Committee was postponed.
Sater has been described in Congress as "a convicted Russian mobster" and in the media as the link between Trump, Russia, and organized crime. He came to the Investigative Reporting Program (IRP) at the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism last fall to participate in Professor Lowell Bergman's seminar on investigative reporting.
In a wide-ranging interview, he answered questions from students and IRP staff about the bar fight that earned him his "mobster" reputation, his international exploits for the U.S. government, his relationship with Trump, as well as media coverage of his story.