Giuliani: Trump legal team reached out to Mueller after BuzzFeed report

Giuliani: Trump legal team reached out to Mueller after BuzzFeed report

Giuliani: Trump legal team reached out to Mueller after BuzzFeed report

President Trump did not speak with Michael Cohen before he testified falsely before Congress about plans to develop a skyscraper in Moscow during the 2016 campaign, Rudy Giuliani said Monday, backing off previous assertions that such talks may have taken place.

Giuliani even conceded Sunday that Trump and Cohen's discussions about making a deal with Russian Federation continued well into October and November 2016, when Trump was elected president.

Times reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted out the statement Trump's attorney put out "clarifying" his comments to the newspaper. "The Americans and the United States president himself know this better", Peskov told reporters, asked whether the Kremlin had contacts with Trump's team about the Trump Tower project in Moscow.

This was the second time within the past week that Giuliani has walked back comments from the previous day.

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".


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". "We thought he was telling the truth". His statement Sunday, made on NBC's "Meet the Press", that Trump associates had continued negotiations about the real estate project deep into the 2016 campaign had again raised scrutiny into then-candidate Trump's posture toward Moscow, including his call in July of that year for Russian Federation to hack into Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's emails.

Giuliani's suggestion that dialogue about the Trump Tower project could have stretched into the fall of 2016 extends the timeline for negotiations well beyond what the president has publicly acknowledged.

Giuliani said in an interview with The New York Times that Trump "recalls a series of conversations" with his former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, about the project during the campaign. "Said he had conversations with him but the president didn't hide this", Giuliani said. "We had to report it and attribute it to BuzzFeed, and as I said on our air, we don't know whether or not this story is accurate, contextual, true, and it needs to be run down", he said.

"Imagine if a conservative outlet did this and ran with a story this flimsy and the Special Counsel's Office came out and said 'Actually this is not accurate.' Would they be allowed to go on CNN and be asked 'How does it make you feel?' They wouldn't; they would be condemned and they would be done", she said. Giuliani had then indicated in an interview with ABC News last month that the talks had lasted possibly until Election Day, although he was less specific than he was Sunday. So anytime during that period they could've talked about it. Cohen had made his false statements to Congress, according to prosecutors, to minimize ties between Trump and the real estate project.

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