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

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

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

President Donald Trump is not angry at his attorney Rudy Giuliani, despite the former NY mayor's contradictory answers in recent interviews about a proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow, sources told CNN Tuesday - and Giuliani is not going anywhere.

After an unexpected comment from the Mueller investigation disputing BuzzFeed's Trump Tower Moscow reporting, Giuliani made a run of gaffe-attack media appearances that deprioritized the rare piece of special counsel news that was effectively in favor of the president.

"The president also remembers - yeah, probably up - could be up to as far as October, November", Giuliani said.

"I don't know if it happened or didn't happen", Giuliani said, later adding, "And so what if he talked to him about it?"

"My recent statements about discussions during the 2016 campaign between Michael Cohen and then-candidate Donald Trump about a potential Trump Moscow "project" were hypothetical and not based on conversations I had with the President", Giuliani said Monday.

The comments further extended an already growing timeline for the discussions. On Monday - after accidentally saying that he had "been through all the tapes" of the alleged Trump Moscow deal - Giuliani told the New Yorker that he was afraid his headstone would read: "Rudy Giuliani: He lied for Trump".

In an interview with the New Yorker, Giuliani was asked why he concluded the report was false.

- September and October 2015: As a Trump Organization lawyer, Michael Cohen receives a proposal for a hotel, office and residential building in Russian Federation that comes to be known as the Trump Tower Moscow project.

Giuliani acknowledged that Trump might have talked to Cohen before his congressional testimony, but he said his client had never instructed Cohen to lie.

The fact that there were discussions for a Moscow project at any point during the campaign has undermined repeated denials from Trump that his company had any business dealings in Russian Federation or that he had anything to do with Russian Federation at all. "It never got to anything concrete".

Cohen was spearheading the project for the Trump Organization.

He added: "The point is that the proposal was in the earliest stage and did not advance beyond a free non-binding letter of intent".

Late a year ago, Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress when he said that the project discussions had ended in January 2016.

According to a report in the Washington Post, when a BuzzFeed reporter first sought remark in the explosive report that Trump had asked Cohen to lie to the Congress, Carr treated the request as he did with any other story. I have a sense of ethics that is as high as anybody you can imagine. "What I was talking about was, if he had those conversations, they would not be criminal".

Giuliani also had to explain comments he made in a seperate interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo the previous week in which he appeared to suggest that Trump's associates may have colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 election.

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