Giuliani tries to clean up comments about Trump Tower Moscow

Cristina Cross
January 22, 2019

After Giuliani's latest walk back, Himes said it seems like the main point of what Giuliani does is muddying the waters and getting people to question whether there's "any knowable truth", with the eventual goal of casting doubt on Robert Mueller's final report.

President Trump's current lawyer on Sunday downplayed the possibility that the commander-in-chief coached his former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen about his testimony before Congress.

Giuliani told NBC the President has told him he remembers having conversations with Cohen about the project, "probably up to, could be up to as far as October, November - our answers cover until the election", he said, referring to written answers given to Mueller's office.

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Yes, Jeff. That's exactly it.

Mueller is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with a Russian effort to sway the 2016 elections in the Republican's favor, as well as possible obstruction by the president.

At the time, Cohen told members of Congress that the deal never progressed beyond an initial "letter of intent" and it was halted in January 2016, before the Iowa caucuses. The special counsel's statement said "BuzzFeed's description of specific statements to the Special Counsel's Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen's Congressional testimony are not accurate". "But the president's recollection of it is that the, the thing had petered out quite a bit".

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He and other federal prosecutors have secured convictions or guilty pleas from several key figures in Trump's orbit, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, campaign aide Rick Gates, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former foreign affairs adviser George Papadopoulos and Cohen. Giuliani's statement that discussions for the Moscow project continued through November 2016 is Version 4.

"Why two years after the fact are we just learning this?" asked Warner, who has been helping lead the only bipartisan probe of Russian meddling in the elections for two years. "My comments did not represent the actual timing or circumstances of any such discussions. Weren't a lot of them, but there were conversations", Giuliani said during the Sunday interview. To repeat: Trump was running for president and proposing to change US policy in ways favorable to Russia while simultaneously seeking the Russian government's help to arrange a business deal that could have made him hundreds of millions of dollars. Before that, he is scheduled to again appear before politicians on 7 February when he is set to will testify publicly to members of the House oversight committee.

"According to the answer that he gave, it would have covered all the way up to November of - covered all the way up to November 2016", Giuliani told ABC. "So any time during that period, they could have talked about it", he said.

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