Giuliani Walks Back Comments on Trump Tower Moscow Talks: Remarks Were ‘Hypothetical’

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.

Journalist Carl Bernstein, a CNN political analyst, told Stelter on Sunday that he thought it was "going to take time before we fully understand what the exact truth is here". And with Democrats raising the spectre of investigation and impeachment, Mueller's team started discussing a step they had never before taken: publicly disputing reporting on evidence in their ongoing investigation.

"Probably up to, could be up to as far as October, November", he said.

Giuliani quoted Trump as saying that discussions on Trump Tower Moscow were "going on from the day I announced to the day I won" in an interview with the New York Times. The project also came up in written questions that Trump answered for special counsel Robert Mueller as a part of the broader investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. "You had such a win with the special counsel's statement".

President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani argued Sunday he did not know for sure if Trump spoke with Michael Cohen about his congressional testimony, but that it would not have been significant if Trump did. "We had to report it and attribute it to BuzzFeed, and as I said on our air, we don't know whether or not this story is accurate, contextual, true, and it needs to be run down", he said.

U.S. President Donald Trump pursued a business deal to erect a tower bearing his name in Moscow throughout 2016, his attorney said on Sunday, raising new questions for congressional investigators looking into possible ties between the president and Russian Federation.

Carr, who rarely offers comment to reporters, declined comment.

He continued, "I've been a reporter for 20 years". "It's nearly like does Rudy even talk to Donald Trump at all?"

Trump has repeatedly condemned the Mueller probe as a "witch hunt" while denying any collusion with Moscow. So anytime during that period they could've talked about it.

On Thursday night, Buzzfeed News posted a scoop that industry insiders were quick to compare to the work of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein and hailed as a "smoking gun" that could buttress the case to impeach President Trump.

Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr, Republican of North Carolina, said last week he's considering subpoenaing Trump's former lawyer and "fixer" to testify before Cohen reports to federal prison in March.

Smith attempted to shift blame to the special counsel, saying "it has not been our experience that the special counsel has been forthcoming with information".

"The guy driving this testimony was Michael Cohen", Giuliani told CNN.

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