Trump discussed Russian Federation tower deal well into 2016, Giuliani says
- Author: Kyle Peterson Jan 23, 2019,
Jan 23, 2019, 1:00
- Rudy Giuliani, personal attorney to President Donald Trump, in comments given to Isaac Chotiner of the New Yorker after asking if he ever anxious that his legacy would be tarnished by "saying things for Trump, [and] not always being truthful about it".
The New York Times reported on Monday that people close to Trump are getting exasperated by Giuliani's often freakish and contradictory interviews and clarifications. Giuliani had originally claimed that Trump told him talks about the project were "going on from the day I announced to the day I won".
The BuzzFeed report alleged that Mr. Trump directed his former attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the status of a Trump Tower project in Moscow.
The unusual situation is complicated by the fact that the United States has imposed a series of sanctions on Russian Federation due to alleged meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election with Robert Mueller investigating those claims, as well as allegations of collusion between Trump's campaign team and Moscow.
During his two terms as mayor of New York City, Republican Rudy Giuliani was careful to portray himself as a non-partisan figure who had no problem working with Democrats in a predominantly Democratic environment.
The president has provided written answers to questions from Mueller on the Moscow project, according to Giuliani.
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. "What matters is, Was there an intent to give something, namely relief from sanctions, in exchange for getting a Trump Tower Moscow?" she continued. This is a familiar defense from Giuliani (i.e.it didn't happen, but if it did it's not a crime).
According to the report, those two officials claim that the negotiations ended months before they did so as to hide Trump's involvement.
"The President also remembers - yeah, probably up - could be up to as far as October, November".
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. They didn't even know where to send it they knew so little about it. "But the president's recollection of them is that the thing had petered out quite a bit". Giuliani said that there was no connection between Trump's comments related to Russian Federation during the campaign and the proposed Trump Tower Moscow.