Trump discussed Russian Federation tower deal well into 2016, Giuliani says

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President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Monday walked back comments he made about discussions Trump had with his former personal attorney about a real estate project in Moscow during the presidential election campaign.

A panel on MSNBC has taken aim at Rudy Giuliani over the latest statements on his client, President Donald Trump. He told CNN's State of the Union: "So what if he talked to him?" while insisting that the president did not instruct Cohen to lie. 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. "The point is that the proposal was in the earliest stage and did not advance beyond a free non-binding letter of intent".

Giuliani went a step further with the New York Times, where he quoted Trump saying the Trump Tower Moscow discussions were "going on from the day I announced to the day I won".

With this statement by Giuliani (which, who knows, he might contradict by day's end), we now have four different versions that the president and his representatives have told about his pursuit of a Moscow deal during the campaign.

Tapper asked Giuliani, "What did President Trump have to say about the Trump Moscow project?" in Trump's written responses to Mueller's questions.

"I don't know Putin, have no business whatsoever with Russian Federation, have nothing to do with Russian Federation", he said at an October 2016 rally.

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Dowd said he did not speak directly with Cohen, but did not rule out that others on Trump's legal team spoke with Cohen's attorneys. His statement Sunday, made on NBC's "Meet the Press," that Trump associates had continued negotiations about the real estate project deep into the 2016 campaign had again raised scrutiny into then-candidate Trump's posture toward Moscow, including his call in July of that year for Russian Federation to hack into Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's emails.

In the interview with NBC, Giuliani also suggested talks may have lasted throughout the presidential campaign, all the way to November. "Can't be sure of the exact date, but the president can remember having conversations with him about it".

BuzzFeed also reported Cohen had told the special counsel about Trump's instructions to lie to Congress and that documents and witness testimony would support Cohen's statements. "So any time during that period, they could have talked about it", he said.

"The fact of the investigation has nearly insulated Trump because we're all waiting for that final report, the package that's going to tie all these dots together, as opposed to, as you say, reacting to stunning revelations one by one that should be president-ending, term-ending".

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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