Sources say Trump's not angry at Giuliani: 'Rudy's not getting fired'

Sheila Mcguire
January 23, 2019

According to the New York Times, Rudy Giuliani clarified his statements about the Moscow tower project, saying his comments were "hypotehtical" and not "based on conversations" he had with President Donald Trump. On Monday - after accidentally saying that he had "been through all the tapes" of the alleged Trump Moscow deal - Giuliani told the New Yorker that he was afraid his headstone would read: "Rudy Giuliani: He lied for Trump".

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 said Monday in a three-sentence statement that his comments "did not represent the actual timing or circumstances of any discussions". One of Trump's numerous corporate entities then enters into a letter of intent on the project.

The project and the length of discussions around have been subject to a changing narrative and is a key part of the legal saga facing Cohen, Trump's former attorney.

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"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", a spokesperson for Mueller said.

At the time, Cohen told members of Congress that the deal never progressed beyond an initial "letter of intent" and it was halted in January 2016, before the Iowa caucuses.

According to the report, those two officials claim that the negotiations ended months before they did so as to hide Trump's involvement.

- 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. He echoed Kremlin talking points on key foreign policy topics like the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, the usefulness of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance and the fight against ISIS in Syria. He says he briefed Trump and his family members on the Russian Federation proposal through June 2016. He added at the time that the conversations could have been in June or July 2016. "And the president had no conversations".

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"I did not say that", Giuliani told Chotiner. "What I was talking about was, if he had those conversations, they would not be criminal". "But the president's recollection of them is that the thing had petered out quite a bit". They sent a letter of intent in. They'd finally got it straightened out.

Discussions about a planned construction project were ultimately abandoned and no contract was signed. And that's about as much as he can remember of it.

'I made these misstatements to be consistent with Individual 1's political messaging and out of loyalty to Individual 1, ' Cohen said at his plea hearing late a year ago.

Giuliani also had to explain comments he made in a seperate interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo the previous week in which he appeared to suggest that Trump's associates may have colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 election. Giuliani replied: "I shouldn't have said tapes".

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