Sources say Trump's not angry at Giuliani: 'Rudy's not getting fired'

Sources say Trump's not angry at Giuliani: 'Rudy's not getting fired'

Sources say Trump's not angry at Giuliani: 'Rudy's not getting fired'

Rudy Giuliani in a new interview denied a BuzzFeed report that President Trump directed his former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, claiming he had listened to audiotapes - but nearly in the same breath contradicted himself and said they didn't exist.

- August 28, 2017: Cohen submits to Congress a two-page letter about the Trump Tower Moscow deal, saying the project ended in January 2016, that he only discussed it three times with Trump, that he never considered traveling to Russia or asking Trump to travel there, and that he did not recall having contact with the Russian government about the proposal.

In another interview, Giuliani appeared to acknowledge the existence of "tapes" related to Michael Cohen's false testimony to Congress, before quickly reversing himself. "There are no entries or phone logs" that indicated specifics, he added.

"I don't know Putin, have no business whatsoever with Russian Federation, have nothing to do with Russian Federation", he said at an October 2016 rally. "He added that Trump recalled, "'It was all going from the day I announced to the day I won'".

The comments further extended an already growing timeline for the discussions.

Giuliani said in interviews with CNN and NBC that Trump never directed Cohen to lie to lawmakers.

During his interview with the New Yorker on Monday, Giuliani said that, "as a lawyer", he did not believe he had ever said anything untruthful and claimed he has "a sense of ethics that is as high as anybody you can imagine".

In an interview with ABC News' Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in December, Giuliani said Trump was having conversations with his former personal attorney Michael Cohen about the project up until and around November 2016.

Throughout its coverage of the "bombshell" news, MSNBC repeatedly recommended that impeachment for the president was in order - until a firm denial from special counsel Robert Meuller's team shut down the story. "Make it happen", the sources said Trump told Cohen", BuzzFeed News reported.

According to the report, those two officials claim that the negotiations ended months before they did so as to hide Trump's involvement.

On Monday, in a conversation with the New Yorker, Giuliani changed his tune yet again, and reflected candidly about what being this President's lawyer will do to his legacy. "It never got to anything concrete".

- May 4-6, 2016: Felix Sater, an executive who had worked on and off for the Trump Organization, and Cohen discuss having Trump visit Russian Federation after the Republican National Convention. But Trump had signed a nonbinding letter of intent on the project.

Cohen, who pleaded guilty in November, had previously claimed such discussions ended in January 2016, but in his admission of guilt, he called the previous statement a lie and said the discussions went through June 2016. Cohen, unlike in the Southern of District of NY case against him, did not say that Trump "directed" him to commit a crime.

"I did not say that", Giuliani told Chotiner. "So any time during that period, they could have talked about it", he said.

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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