Giuliani walks back statements of Trump's involvement in Moscow project

Cristina Cross
January 23, 2019

The Moscow deal ultimately did not materialize, but Giuliani's remarks suggest that Trump's discussions about the project with Cohen may have dragged on until the election, raising new questions for congressional investigators looking into possible ties between the president and Russian Federation.

Jeffrey McCall, a professor and media critic at DePauw University, suggested to Fox News that when one media giant reports on another outlet, it should "explain its financial interests and connections".

Trump officials had initially described the project as the province of Cohen and simply in the discussion phase.

Last Thursday, Buzzfeed published a "bombshell" report claiming to have sources who said Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, was instructed by the president himself to lie to Congress about past negotiations involving a proposed Trump Tower in Moscow.

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Cohen said he lied out of loyalty to Trump.

Part of his confusion is that while Giuliani frequently speaks to his client, the president's legal team has had a hard time corralling Trump for a lengthy debriefing about the facts of the case, particularly from events stemming before the presidency, according to one official and a Republican close to the White House.

Schiff then shifted focus to Mueller's broader investigation of whether Trump and his campaign colluded with Russian Federation to steal the 2016 election, saying "we need to pay particular attention to what we do know from the special counsel that was not included in this statement yesterday". The next day, Giuliani walks back his comments, saying they "did not represent the actual timing or circumstances of any discussions". Earlier this month, he was forced to clean up a remark in which he asserted that he only could vouch that the president had not colluded with Russian Federation, rather than the whole campaign, a dramatic change of story.

Trump said in November that he saw nothing wrong with running for president and pursuing a business deal simultaneously. Cohen had previously claimed such discussions ended in January 2016 - ahead of the Iowa caucuses and the first votes being cast in the primaries.

Giuliani tries to clean up comments about Trump Tower Moscow
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.

Negotiations for a Trump deal in Moscow occurred around the same time that the Russian government was interfering in the 2016 United States election.

Trump's Lawyer Said There Were "No Plans" For Trump Tower Moscow. He said his comments were "hypothetical" and "not based on conversations" he had with the president. They sent a letter of intent in.

"I shouldn't have said tapes", he said, adding: "No tapes".

The lawyer then clarified that there are no tapes before immediately adding: "Well, I have listened to tapes, but none of them concern this". They finally got it straightened out and then they abandoned the project, ' he told NBC's "Meet the Press".

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Speaking with The New Yorker, the former mayor said he is "absolutely" anxious about his legacy amounting to lying for the president. The letter of intent was also quite detailed.

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