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Rudy Giuliani continues to confuse everyone, including himself

Rudy Giuliani continues to confuse everyone, including himself

Confused about the business proposal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow?

U.S. President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani backtracked on Monday from earlier comments that Trump pursued a business deal to erect a tower bearing his name in Moscow throughout 2016, saying his statements "were hypothetical and not based on conversations I had with the President".

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. But Trump had signed a nonbinding letter of intent on the project. "The building design you sent over is very interesting", the Russian real estate developer Andrey Rozov wrote to Cohen in September 2015, "and will be an architectural and luxury triumph".

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. They also discuss the possibility of Cohen meeting in mid-June with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Those statements turned out to be lies.

Giuliani said that when Cohen testified to Congress that the project had ended in January 2016, Trump simply "accepted" that answer. A presentencing memo from Cohen's lawyer, Guy Petrillo, said Cohen had made the statement out of a desire to be loyal and consistent with Trump's wishes to minimize his involvement.

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Cohen was sentenced in December to three years in prison for financial crimes, lying to Congress and for two violations of campaign finance law.

"First of all, the Times was absolutely wrong", said Giuliani. "Importantly, the reporter made no reference to the special counsel's office specifically or evidence that Mueller's investigators had uncovered", the Post reported. "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", spokesman Peter Carr says in a statement. BuzzFeed said it stands by its reporting.

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.

Although Giuliani downplayed the project, there were discussions with others about it and also a discussion with Trump about going to Moscow after the Republican National Convention to help push the deal.