Giuliani Walks Back Remarks On Trump-Cohen Moscow Project Talks

Rudy Giuliani

Rudy Giuliani

Giuliani also raised a new red flag on Monday, telling CNN that Trump's legal team reached out to Mueller's office after the BuzzFeed report was published but before the response had been issued - raising questions about whether Trump inappropriately intervened in the investigation's operations. It is unclear precisely what "directives" Petrillo was referring to, though he did not allege elsewhere in the memo that Trump explicitly instructed Cohen to lie to Congress.

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said he may have continued to pursue the project and had discussions about it with his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, until as late as October or November 2016, when Trump was closing in on his election victory against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

"As we've reconfirmed our reporting, we've seen no indication that any specific aspect of our story is inaccurate".

"The same sources that we used in the story are standing behind it, and so are we". Trump, who has called the media the "enemy of the people", on Saturday pointed to the special counsel's assertion as evidence of what he sees as journalists' bias against him.

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US President Donald Trump had conversations about a proposed project to build a Trump Tower in Moscow throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, far later than previously acknowledged, his lawyer said Sunday.

Almost 24 hours after the story appeared, a spokesman for special counsel Robert Mueller delivered a devastating rebuttal to the report.

"It's our understanding that [the discussions] went on throughout 2016", Mr Giuliani, a former New York City mayor, told NBC's Meet the Press program. Cormier said in a separate interview with CNN he had not seen documents.

The comments by his lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani indicated that Mr. Trump's efforts to complete a business deal in Russian Federation waned only after Americans cast ballots in the presidential election...

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Donald Trump may have talked to Michael Cohen in advance about Cohen's false testimony to Congress on their pursuit of a property deal in Russian Federation, the president's attorney said on Sunday.

He continued, "I think also that the coverage by the mainstream media was disgraceful and I think it's going to take a long time for the mainstream media to recover its credibility". "We've given Michael Cohen a date that we'd like him to come in either voluntarily or if necessary by subpoena". That is fundamentally accurate. This is going to be borne out, Brian. But according to The Washington Post, Carr has since claimed if he had known precisely what BuzzFeed was planning to report, he would have pushed back harder on the allegation.

Stelter said he thought Leopold's email was a "shockingly casual" way to request comment for such an explosive report.

"It has not been our experience that the special counsel is forthcoming with information", Smith said.

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