Giuliani walks back startling claims on talk about Trump's Moscow tower plan

23 January, 2019, 09:13 | Author: Regina Boyd
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Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, said Sunday that discussions about building a Trump Tower in Moscow lasted through the November 2016 election, months longer than previously confirmed.

Giuliani, President Trump's personal attorney, said Monday that comments he had made to the New York Times the day before about Trump Tower Moscow were "hypothetical".

Trump has denied the BuzzFeed article's claim and Giuliani backed him: "I can tell you his counsel to Michael Cohen throughout that entire period was: "Tell the truth".

Giuliani said on NBC's "Meet The Press" that Trump recalled having conversations with Cohen about the project throughout 2016, though there "weren't a lot of them".

Rudy Giuliani speaks to members of the media during a White House Sports and Fitness Day at the South Lawn of the White House, May 30, 2018.

"I would think most voters, Democrat, Republican, independent, you name it, that knowing that the Republican nominee was actively trying to do business in Moscow, that the Republican nominee, at least at one point, had offered, if he built this building, Vladimir Putin, a three-penthouse apartment, and if those negotiations were ongoing while - up 'til the election, I think that's a relevant fact for voters to know", Warner said. The next day, Giuliani walks back his comments, saying they "did not represent the actual timing or circumstances of any discussions".

Giuliani also distanced himself from comments he made Sunday in which he claimed Trump and his aides had been involved in discussions about the Moscow project well into the 2016 campaign - even possibly as late as October or November of that year. Trump was reportedly "furious" and "screaming" over Giuliani's weekend tear.

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Part of his confusion is that while Giuliani frequently speaks to his client, the president's legal team has had a hard time corralling Trump for a lengthy debriefing about the facts of the case, particularly from events stemming before the presidency, according to one official and a Republican close to the White House.

"BuzzFeed's description of specific statements to the Special Counsel's Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen's Congressional testimony are not accurate", a spokesperson for Mueller said. "And I haven't heard him complain", he told POLITICO in a Tuesday interview. "Well, I have listened to tapes, but none of them concern this".

BuzzFeed has issued statements standing by its reporting.

'I made these misstatements to be consistent with Individual 1's political messaging and out of loyalty to Individual 1, ' Cohen said at his plea hearing late past year.

"Absolutely. I am afraid it will be on my gravestone". Somehow, I don't think that will be it. "But, if it is, so what do I care?"

- January 20-21, 2019: Giuliani suggests in TV interviews that Trump remembers conversations with Cohen about the project "up to as far as October, November", or right up until the election.

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