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Giuliani's media blitz draws ire of Trump and some allies

GettyImages-994976190 Giuliani says Cohen talked about Trump Tower in Moscow through 2016 election
Angelica Greene | 23 January, 2019, 09:12

Confused about the business proposal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow? Meanwhile, Vanity Fair reports a fracas over Giuliani's future in which Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are lobbying to send Giuliani packing, while outside influences like Corey Lewandowski and campaign alum David Bossie are fighting to keep him in place.

Speaking to The New Yorker, Giuliani was asked what his latest opinion is on the disputed Buzzfeed report which claimed that Trump had personally asked Cohen to lie to Congress about the Moscow tower project in order to shield his involvement in it.

Cohen was spearheading the project for the Trump Organization. Saying that the talks ended in January 2016 was a lie, Cohen admitted.

Schiff said he has asked Cohen to testify before the committee. All of those statements were false, according to court papers. "And that is big news", Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, also said on "Meet the Press".

- November 29, 2018: Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress.

Trump said in November that he saw nothing wrong with running for president and pursuing a business deal simultaneously. Instead, talks continued into June 2016, months before the election.

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Cohen was sentenced in December to three years in prison for financial crimes, lying to Congress and for two violations of campaign finance law.

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".

McCall said few viewers would have any idea that NBC has such a tight financial relationship with BuzzFeed and that it is incumbent upon the station to be transparent about it. "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", spokesman Peter Carr says in a statement.

Trump's lead counsel, Rudy Giuliani, certainly wants to portray it this way.

That statement, which suggested that the Trump Organization was engaged in business dealings with Russian Federation up to and beyond the election, ignited a firestorm and then an abrupt walk-back from Giuliani. But on CNN he acknowledged the possibility that Trump and Cohen might have discussed Cohen's testimony, saying that while he had no knowledge of such a conversation, he wasn't ruling it out and that it'd be "perfectly normal" anyway. The next day, Giuliani walks back his comments, saying they "did not represent the actual timing or circumstances of any discussions".

On Monday, in a conversation with the New Yorker, Giuliani changed his tune yet again, and reflected candidly about what being this President's lawyer will do to his legacy.

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