Trump lawyer walks back comments about Moscow project

Trump lawyer walks back comments about Moscow project

Trump lawyer walks back comments about Moscow project

"'Rudy Giuliani: He lied for Trump.' Somehow, I don't think that will be it", Giuliani told The New Yorker.

But architectural plans and business documents obtained by Buzzfeed News show an architect's drawing of a gleaming glass tower along side the Moscow River topped by a diamond-like shape emblazoned on multiple sides with the Trump logo. "Said he had conversations with him but the president didn't hide this", Giuliani told Stephanopoulos, indicating that this was the timeline the president provided in his written responses to special counsel Robert Mueller's questions.

The BuzzFeed News story sparked immediate backlash from Democratic lawmakers and a denial from Giuliani.

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. This is a familiar defense from Giuliani (i.e.it didn't happen, but if it did it's not a crime). In one email, Ivanka Trump suggests an architect for the building.

The former New York City mayor, who frequently speaks directly to the president, is Trump's outside counsel and works in a different orbit than White House officials, who are still left to play damage control after some of Giuliani's wilder interviews.

- 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. Giuliani has also in the past said there was no collusion.

Giuliani said Monday in a three-sentence statement that his comments "did not represent the actual timing or circumstances of any discussions". "Well, I have listened to tapes, but none of them concern this". So anytime during that period they could've talked about it. That statement, which suggested that the Trump Organization was engaged in business dealings with Russian Federation up to and beyond the election, ignited a firestorm and then an abrupt walk-back from Giuliani.

Trump's discussions with Cohen about the Moscow project - regardless of when they ended - happened while Trump cozied up to Russian Federation with his rhetoric on the campaign trail.

Speaking with The New Yorker, the former mayor said he is "absolutely" anxious about his legacy amounting to lying for the president.

"First of all, the Times was absolutely wrong", said Giuliani.

Despite relying on "anonymous sources" and shady reporting, anchors across the country worked tirelessly to say the Buzzfeed story would likely lead to the end of Trump's presidency. The letter of intent was also quite detailed.

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