Junior Blames Cohen For Trump Tower Moscow Deal

Oscar Cross
January 23, 2019

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was all over TV this weekend, making the case that his client, President Donald Trump, is the victim of out-of-control prosecutors and a crazed and biased media.

The Giuliani comments were made after BuzzFeed News claimed that special counsel Robert Mueller has evidence that Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about how long negotiations from Trump Tower Moscow ("The Moscow Project") went on.

Also Monday, Giuliani issued a statement to clarify his remarks, maintaining they were "hypothetical".

So, what Giuliani chose to do on Monday in an interview with the New York Daily News was walk that back. "But the president's recollection of them is that the thing had petered out quite a bit". The BuzzFeed report took things a step further by alleging that Trump told Cohen to lie in September 2017. "I mean, Trump is an expert when it comes to fake news, but the media is copying him and is retelling fake news of his own". "And that is big news", Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, also said on "Meet the Press".

He said: 'If you look at any economic metric today, Laura, we are substantially better off than we were two short years ago before he took office because he's doing a great job.

The piece, authored by investigative reporters Anthony Cormier and Jason Leopold, cites two law enforcement officials who said Michael Cohen acknowledged to Special Counsel Mueller's office that Trump told him to lie to Congress about a potential real estate deal in Moscow. He had previously denied any collusion.

Trump frequently denied a connection to Russian Federation during the election. Trump's current lawyer - said project discussions were held as late as October or November 2016, nearly to Election Day.

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

- November 29, 2018: Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress. Instead, talks continued into June 2016, months before the election.

United States media jumped on the story because of its implications: "at last we have the smoking gun, at last Trump is halfway out the door", journalist and author Daniel Lazare tells Radio Sputnik's Loud & Clear.

Giuliani also told the New York Times on Sunday that he was basing this information on conversations he had with the president and said the discussions were ongoing throughout the entire election.

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