Published: Wed, January 23, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

Giuliani: Trump legal team reached out to Mueller after BuzzFeed report

Giuliani: Trump legal team reached out to Mueller after BuzzFeed report

In an interview with ABC News' Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in December, Giuliani said Trump was having conversations with his former personal attorney Michael Cohen about the project up until and around November 2016. Meanwhile, Vanity Fair reports a fracas over Giuliani's future in which Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are lobbying to send Giuliani packing, while outside influences like Corey Lewandowski and campaign alum David Bossie are fighting to keep him in place.

Trump officials had initially described the project as the province of Cohen and simply in the discussion phase. Prior to this weekend at least, Trump had backed Giuliani because he understood the collusion story to be a "messaging battle, and Rudy much of the time has been a very effective messenger", according to a White House aide speaking to Politico.

Mr. Giuliani declined to tell CNN what the president's legal team told Mr. Mueller's team.

He concluded by saying the Moscow project "was in the earliest stage and did not advance beyond a free non-binding letter of intent". His statement Sunday, made on NBC's "Meet the Press", that Trump associates had continued negotiations about the real estate project deep into the 2016 campaign had again raised scrutiny into then-candidate Trump's posture toward Moscow, including his call in July of that year for Russian Federation to hack into Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's emails.

Giuliani said Monday in a three-sentence statement that his comments "did not represent the actual timing or circumstances of any discussions".

Trump insisted repeatedly throughout the presidential campaign that he had no business dealings in Russian Federation.

The public first learned in the summer of 2017 that Cohen had been pursuing a deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow even after his boss had begun to campaign for president. Instead, talks continued into June 2016, months before the election. He says his comments were "hypothetical" and "not based on conversations" he had with the president.

It has been a rollercoaster couple of days for Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

The Democrat also said he would "do everything necessary to make the [final Mueller] report public but more than that, because [the Trump administration] will fight us on this, we need to do our own investigations because at the end of the day if the Justice Department tries to stonewall the release of that report for whatever reason, the American people are going to need to know what happened, and we're going to have to press forth". And then they abandoned the project.

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. "I said the President of the United States". The letter of intent was also quite detailed.

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