Giuliani on Trump coaching Michael Cohen for testimony: 'So what?'

22 January, 2019, 05:53 | Author: Eloise Houston
  • Insane’ George Conway burns Giuliani’s claim it’s ‘perfectly normal’ for Trump to speak with Cohen about false testimony

President Trump did not speak with Michael Cohen before he testified falsely before Congress about plans to develop a skyscraper in Moscow during the 2016 campaign, Rudy Giuliani said Monday, backing off previous assertions that such talks may have taken place.

Times reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted out the statement Trump's attorney put out "clarifying" his comments to the newspaper.

"The comments by his lawyer (Giuliani) indicated that Mr. Trump's efforts to complete a business deal in Russian Federation waned only after Americans cast ballots in the presidential election".

Sunday was not the first time Giuliani indicated the discussions about the Moscow project extended past January 2016.

He concluded by saying the Moscow project "was in the earliest stage and did not advance beyond a free non-binding letter of intent".

Trump then retweeted a couple of posts by Geraldo Rivera saying, "If the #SpecialCounsel had collusion don't you think we would have heard it by now?"

Mr Giuliani also said Mr Trump's conversations with Cohen about a possible deal in Moscow may have continued up until the 2016 election. By Sunday, Giuliani was saying the Trump-Cohen talks didn't happen, but even if they did it's "totally normal".

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The project and the length of discussions around have been subject to a changing narrative and is a key part of the legal saga facing Cohen, Trump's former attorney.

What remains unclear from the BuzzFeed report is what documents were viewed for the report and when Cohen allegedly spoke with Trump about his testimony.

President Donald Trump's legal team communicated with special counsel Robert Mueller's team about BuzzFeed's since-discredited bombshell report alleging that the president told former lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.

After citing Newt Gingrich comparing the media smear job against him to that against Abraham Lincoln, the president specifically called out BuzzFeed again. "We had to report it and attribute it to BuzzFeed, and as I said on our air, we don't know whether or not this story is accurate, contextual, true, and it needs to be run down", he said. During the early stages of the 2016 race for the Republican presidential nomination, Trump often said he had no business ties to Russian Federation.

"It's our understanding that they went on throughout 2016", he added. So anytime during that period they could've talked about it.

The panel also reacted strongly to Giuliani's comment to NBC's Meet The Press host Chuck Todd that the Trump Tower project had "petered out quite a bit" and was abandoned because Trump had to focus on running for president, adding "that is about as much as he can remember of it".

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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