Giuliani says Trump pursued Moscow tower throughout '16, raising questions

Insane’ George Conway burns Giuliani’s claim it’s ‘perfectly normal’ for Trump to speak with Cohen about false testimony

President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani argued Sunday he did not know for sure if Trump spoke with Michael Cohen about his congressional testimony, but that it would not have been significant if Trump did. I know-you already know that they are. It may be attorney-client privilege if it happened, where I can't acknowledge it.

He continued, "So what if he talked to him about it?"

The pair defended a story published on Thursday that said President Donald Trump directed his longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about a potential hotel construction project in Moscow.

But on Sunday, Giuliani ended up bolstering the BuzzFeed report by saying that Trump may have spoken to Cohen about his congressional testimony before it happed - testimony which Cohen later admitted was a criminal lie - and said, "And so what if he talked to him about it?"

"It's our understanding that they (the discussions) went on throughout 2016", Giuliani, a former New York City mayor, told NBC's "Meet the Press".

"The guy driving this testimony was Michael Cohen", Giuliani told CNN.

Told of the special counsel's failure to find support for the story, Mittenthal, the BuzzFeed spokesman, said, "Our high-level law enforcement sources, who have helped corroborate months of accurate reporting on the Trump Tower Moscow deal and its aftermath, have told us otherwise. I still believe he may have been telling the truth when he testified before Congress".

Giuliani said on Sunday Cohen had a clearer oversight of the Russian Federation project than Trump, and that Trump had been too busy with his campaign to pay close attention.

The latest disclosure extends that timeline right up to the presidential elections in November. "That's what you said before", Tapper asked. "If there's ever a trial on all of this, I think a whole day of the trial will just be jurors watching old Rudy Giuliani tapes and clips because the number of times he is essentially confirming Trump lied through his teeth about doing business with Russian Federation in that period ― it's just astounding".

He also acknowledged in a separate interview with NBC that conversations about that project stretched throughout 2016, including possibly up until October or November of that year. "But the president's recollection of them is that the thing had petered out quite a bit". "That organisation is directly implicated in the allegations related to the Trump Tower Moscow project, and refused to speak on the record for our story".

"According to the answer that he gave, it would have covered all the way up to - covered up to November 2016".

Turley said on Fox & Friends that the media's initial reaction to the report was "disturbing", pointing out an apparent bias against the president.

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