Trump Discussed Russia Tower Deal Into Late 2016, Giuliani Says

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Times reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted out the statement Trump's attorney put out "clarifying" his comments to the newspaper.

Speaking about this foul-up, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said, "The larger message that a lot of people are going to take from this story is that the news media are a bunch of leftist liars who are dying to get the president and that they're willing to lie to do it". He has said he lied to comport with Trump's own public comments to voters, but more recently has said he recalls the Moscow discussions extending to June 2016, a shorter time frame than Giuliani acknowledged Sunday.

Giuliani said as far as he knew, Trump had not had discussions with Cohen where Trump "told him or counseled him to lie".

Trump then retweeted a couple of posts by Geraldo Rivera saying, "If the #SpecialCounsel had collusion don't you think we would have heard it by now?"

When Trump responded to Mueller's interview questions in writing past year, he told the special counsel he couldn't say definitely when the Moscow Trump Tower negotiations collapsed, Giuliani said.


"I don't think he understands anything that he's saying half the time at this point", Bardella said.

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.

Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley said Monday that the media was more exposed than ever following the release of a disputed BuzzFeed News report that claimed President Trump directed his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress.

The Sunday discussion on Joy Reid's program followed Giuliani's "Meet the Press" appearance in which he revealed that Trump may have been engaged in talks to build one of his namesake towers in Moscow as recently as November 2016.

"It's our understanding that they went on throughout 2016", he added.


"The president couldn't tell you the exact day it started and the exact day it ended; he remembers it started and he remembers it ended", Giuliani said, but nothing more.

On Thursday, he issued a statement aimed at clarifying a TV interview from the night before in which he appeared to leave open the possibility of collusion between Russian Federation and members of Trump's presidential campaign.

The special counsel's office does not usually issue statements in response to news reports about the Russian Federation investigation. So anytime during that period they could've talked about it. Cohen, unlike in the Southern of District of NY case against him, did not say that Trump "directed" him to commit a crime.

But later, Cohen admitted in court that he made the false statements about the project "to be consistent with Individual 1's political messaging and to be loyal to Individual 1".


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