BuzzFeed Doubles Down On Trump Story, But Won’t Discuss Documents Or Sources

Rudy Giuliani

Rudy Giuliani

"It's our understanding that they (the discussions) went on throughout 2016", Giuliani, a former New York City mayor, told NBC's "Meet the Press".

Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, said Sunday that discussions about building a Trump Tower in Moscow lasted through the November 2016 election, months longer than previously confirmed. Special counsel Robert Mueller's office took the unusual step of publicly disputing the story. But the new report indicates that Trump was in talks for the deal when he was calling for an end to Russian sanctions and questioning the legitimacy of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

After yet another day of jaw-dropping statements showcased on national television by Rudy Giuliani, a merciless MSNBC panel roasted President Donald Trump's lawyer as the worst the legal profession has to offer.

"I don't know if it happened or didn't happen".

Mueller is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with a Russian effort to sway the 2016 elections in the Republican's favor, as well as possible obstruction by the president. "And I think it's remarkable we are two years after the fact and just discovering it today".

Donald Trump may have talked to Michael Cohen in advance about Cohen's false testimony to Congress on their pursuit of a property deal in Russian Federation, the president's attorney said on Sunday.

Trump has denied the BuzzFeed article's claim and Giuliani backed him: "I can tell you his counsel to Michael Cohen throughout that entire period was: "Tell the truth".

He also acknowledged in a separate interview with NBC that conversations between Trump and Cohen about the Moscow project stretched throughout 2016, including possibly up until October or November of that year. Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress by saying that he had abandoned the project in January 2016 even though prosecutors say he actually continued pursuing it into that June.

The Trump Tower Moscow discussions were "going on from the day I announced to the day I won", Mr. Giuliani quoted Mr. Trump as saying during an interview with The New York Times. "That raises a whole host of questions that the American public needs an answer to, and the Congress needs an answer to".

BuzzFeed is standing by its report in the meantime.

The president has provided written answers to questions from Mueller on the Moscow project, according to Giuliani.

People familiar with the matter said after BuzzFeed published its story - which was attributed to "two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter" - the special counsel's office reviewed evidence to determine if there were any documents or witness interviews like those described, reaching out to those they thought might have a stake in the case.

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