Kremlin Had No Contacts Regarding Construction of Trump Tower in Moscow - Peskov

by Garry Watts January 22, 2019, 0:46
Kremlin Had No Contacts Regarding Construction of Trump Tower in Moscow - Peskov

Giuliani told CNN and NBC News that Trump never asked Cohen to lie.

U.S. President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani is leaving open the possibility that Trump and former personal attorney Michael Cohen might have discussed Cohen's congressional testimony.

"Probably could be up to as far as October, November - our answers cover until the election", Giuliani said, referring to written questions Trump has answered from special counsel Robert Mueller, who for 20 months has been investigating Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation and whether Trump, as president, obstructed justice by trying to thwart the probe. 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.

"Can't be sure the exact dates, but the president can remember having conversations with him about it", he said.

"Rudy knows what he's saying is not accurate... he's a former decorated USA attorney", he said. "And I think it's remarkable we are two years after the fact and just discovering it today".

But Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Giuliani's revelation that Trump continued to discuss a Trump Tower Moscow throughout the campaign was "big news" to him, and adds more grist to questions about the campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation.

The president's former fixer Michael Cohen has already pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about the timeline, having falsely claimed the negotiations ended almost a year before.

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The online news site BuzzFeed said last week that Trump had directed Cohen to lie to Congress about the Trump Moscow timeline, but Mueller's office late Friday said the report was "not accurate".

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.

Giuliani appeared Sunday on CNN, where he said he didn't know if Trump had discussed with Cohen a 2017 congressional interview at which Cohen admitted lying about a Trump Tower project in Moscow.

"That raises a whole host of questions that the American public needs an answer to and the Congress needs an answer to", Warner said.

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.

'Our answers cover until the election.

Cohen reportedly said that the talks had come to an end in January 2016, while the negotiations were allegedly underway at least in the middle of 2016, the height of the presidential campaign.

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