Giuliani walks back startling claims on talk about Trump’s Moscow tower plan

Interpreter interpreter Marina Gross left takes notes when U.S. President Donald Trump talks to Russian President Vladimir Putin at the beginning of their one-on-one-meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki Finland Monday

After an unexpected comment from the Mueller investigation disputing BuzzFeed's Trump Tower Moscow reporting, Giuliani made a run of gaffe-attack media appearances that deprioritized the rare piece of special counsel news that was effectively in favor of the president.

The Giuliani comments were made after BuzzFeed News claimed that special counsel Robert Mueller has evidence that Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about how long negotiations from Trump Tower Moscow ("The Moscow Project") went on.

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.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks at the 2018 Iran Freedom Convention in Washington, U.S., May 5, 2018.

"Probably up to, could be up to as far as October, November", he said. But the President's recollection of it is that the - the thing had petered out quite a bit.

"I have been through all the tapes..."

"That is news to me".

- September and October 2017: Cohen says in prepared remarks to the Senate intelligence committee that the Moscow deal ended "before the Iowa caucus and months before the first primary".

- January 18, 2019: In a rare public statement, a spokesman for special counsel Robert Mueller disputes the BuzzFeed report.

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Just before the media fallout from the BuzzFeed article, Giuliani told CNN's Chris Cuomo that he "never said there was no collusion" between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, a focus of the Mueller investigation, just that the president would not necessarily be aware of it because thousands of people worked to get him elected.

The president has repeatedly denied any collusion.

Trump frequently denied a connection to Russian Federation during the election.

On Tuesday night, Politico reported that Trump is "apoplectic" over Giuliani's increasingly erratic public presence, even for Rudy Giuliani.

"That raises a whole host of questions that the American public needs an answer to and the Congress needs an answer to", Warner said. His statement Sunday, made on NBC's "Meet the Press", that Trump associates had continued negotiations about the real estate project deep into the 2016 campaign had again raised scrutiny into then-candidate Trump's posture toward Moscow, including his call in July of that year for Russian Federation to hack into Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's emails.

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

Although Giuliani downplayed the project, there were discussions with others about it and also a discussion with Trump about going to Moscow after the Republican National Convention to help push the deal.

"Our answers cover until the election".

He issued a statement the next day saying his comments about the project "were hypothetical and not based on conversations I had with the President".

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