Giuliani tries to clean up comments about Trump Tower Moscow

Rudy Giuliani President Donald Trump's personal lawyer at an event in Washington

Rudy Giuliani President Donald Trump's personal lawyer at an event in Washington

"My recent statements about discussions during the 2016 campaign between Michael Cohen and then-candidate Donald Trump about a potential Trump Moscow "project" were hypothetical and not based on conversations I had with the president", Giuliani said in a statement shared by reporters on social media, including NBC News' Geoff Bennett.

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.

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".

- September and October 2015: As a Trump Organization lawyer, Michael Cohen receives a proposal for a hotel, office and residential building in Russian Federation that comes to be known as the Trump Tower Moscow project. Giuliani said that there was no connection between Trump's comments related to Russian Federation during the campaign and the proposed Trump Tower Moscow.

In a follow-up statement, Giuliani said his comments were "hypothetical" and did not represent the "actual timing or circumstances of any discussions".

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Trump has not expressed an inclination to dismiss Giuliani. Giuliani had then indicated in an interview with ABC News last month that the talks had lasted possibly until Election Day, although he was less specific than he was Sunday. "But the president can remember having conversations. about it". "Said he had conversations with him but the president didn't hide this", Giuliani told Stephanopoulos, indicating that this was the timeline the president provided in his written responses to special counsel Robert Mueller's questions. "Our answers cover until the election", Giuliani told NBC's "Meet The Press."

BuzzFeed has issued statements standing by its reporting. Since much of this planning, by Giuliani's own admission, overlapped with Trump's 2016 campaign for president, it provides a potential motive for why the Trump team might not have objected to Russian Federation interfering in the election. "So any time during that period, they could have talked about it", he said.

"Absolutely. I am afraid it will be on my gravestone". Prior to this weekend at least, Trump had backed Giuliani because he understood the collusion story to be a "messaging battle, and Rudy much of the time has been a very effective messenger", according to a White House aide speaking to Politico. "And I think it's remarkable that we're two years after the fact and just discovering it today". "I'll be dead. I figure I can explain it to St. Peter".

- January 20-21, 2019: Giuliani suggests in TV interviews that Trump remembers conversations with Cohen about the project "up to as far as October, November", or right up until the election.

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