Anthony Cormier and Jason Leopold, both of BuzzFeed, wrote a report published late last Thursday, "President Trump Directed His Attorney Michael Cohen To Lie To Congress About The Moscow Tower Project".
But Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Giuliani's revelation that Trump continued to discuss a Trump Tower Moscow throughout the campaign was "big news" to him, and adds more grist to questions about the campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation.
The piece cites two law enforcement officials who said Cohen acknowledged to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office that Trump told him to lie to Congress about a potential real estate deal in Moscow.
But in an emailed statement on Monday Giuliani changed his story, saying: "My comments did not represent the actual timing or circumstances of any such discussions".
"If there's ever a trial on all of this, I think a whole day of the trial will just be jurors watching old Rudy Giuliani tapes and clips because the number of times, he is essentially confirming Trump lied through his teeth about doing business with Russian Federation in that period-it's just astounding", he said, The Huffington Post reported.
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.
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Cohen has pleaded guilty to, among other offenses, lying to Congress about the extent of Trump's involvement with the Moscow project, telling a congressional panel that Trump's efforts ended in January 2016, just as the Republican presidential nominating contests were starting three years ago.
"I don't know if it happened or didn't happen", Giuliani said, later adding, "And so what if he talked to him about it?"
In an interview with ABC News' Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in December, Giuliani said Trump was having conversations with his former personal attorney Michael Cohen about the project up until and around November 2016.
"Every time he goes on television he contradicts himself.in the same conversation.it is maddening.but it is also part of what they do, throw out so many different things that it is impossible to focus on any one point".
Giuliani suggested in a TV interview Sunday that Trump remembers conversations with Cohen about the project "up to as far as October, November", or right up until the election. 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.
Late past year, Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress when he said that the project discussions had ended in January 2016. So anytime during that period they could've talked about it. But Trump had signed a nonbinding letter of intent on the project.