President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani said Monday that the President had no recollection of whether discussions about a proposed Trump Tower Moscow project went through the 2016 election, distancing himself from a claim he made Sunday.
BuzzFeed confirmed the link to Fox on Tuesday, with a spokesperson saying, "NBCU is indeed an investor and a great strategic partner, but I'm afraid you'd have to ask them about how and when they disclose that information".
"When I was mayor, I got criticized for a lot of things I was praised for now", continued Giuliani.
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- August 28, 2017: Cohen submits to Congress a two-page letter about the Trump Tower Moscow deal, saying the project ended in January 2016, that he only discussed it three times with Trump, that he never considered traveling to Russia or asking Trump to travel there, and that he did not recall having contact with the Russian government about the proposal.
- January 18, 2019: In a rare public statement, a spokesman for special counsel Robert Mueller disputes the BuzzFeed report. "So any time during that period, they could have talked about it", he said.
Giuliani, who is seen by many as a key public relations figure for Trump, talked about his role in a recent interview in the New Yorker. The president told advisers that he felt his lawyer had obscured what he believed was a public relations victory: the special counsel's rare public statement disputing portions of a BuzzFeed News story that Trump instructed his former attorney, Michael Cohen, to lie before Congress.
Both the AP report and the Politico story suggest that there is no plan for Trump to fire Giuliani. I just told you he didn't do it,"Giuliani said".
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Giuliani argued on Monday, as he did a day prior to CNN, that Trump viewed the project as insignificant because it consisted at the time of only an unfunded letter of intent. "I shouldn't have said 'tapes, '" Colbert quoted Giuliani's conflicting statements.
Now, the president's personal attorney has reversed course, saying his statements were "hypothetical".
Trump's discussions with Cohen about the Moscow project - regardless of when they ended - happened while Trump cozied up to Russian Federation with his rhetoric on the campaign trail.
"First of all, the Times was absolutely wrong", said Giuliani.
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Giuliani told CNN's "State of the Union" that he did not know if Trump had discussed with Cohen a 2017 congressional interview at which Cohen has admitted lying about a Trump Tower real estate project in Moscow. The letter of intent was also quite detailed.