"There were no texts, there were no emails, and the president never told him to lie". He then alleged that his client was one of the most "unfairly treated" people of all time, even as Giuliani himself complicated the situation by claiming Trump was involved in discussions to build a Moscow skyscraper until "the day" he won the presidential election in 2016.
Trump Tower Moscow, according to a letter of intent signed by Trump, was to include prime office space, a 15-story hotel area, a fitness center, and a luxury spa that could be branded with Ivanka Trump's name. Saying that the talks ended in January 2016 was a lie, Cohen admitted.
But later, Cohen admitted in court that he made the false statements about the project "to be consistent with Individual 1's political messaging and to be loyal to Individual 1".
Cohen was sentenced in December to three years in prison for financial crimes, lying to Congress and for two violations of campaign finance law. The BuzzFeed report took things a step further by alleging that Trump told Cohen to lie in September 2017.
"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", Peter Carr, a spokesman for special counsel Robert Mueller's office, said in a Friday statement. Giuliani said that there was no connection between Trump's comments related to Russian Federation during the campaign and the proposed Trump Tower Moscow.More news: Halep confronts Venus as Serena and Djokovic resume Slam drive
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The changing timeline is relevant in light of the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the election and ties to the Trump campaign.
BuzzFeed, however, has only dug in, resorting to pedantry to defend itself as it refuses to retract the story and instead insists the special counsel specify which parts are not accurate.
Trump Tower Moscow was to be much more than just another upscale apartment building.
Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said he may have continued to pursue the project and had discussions about it with his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, until as late as October or November 2016, when Trump was closing in on his election victory against Democrat Hillary Clinton.
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. He says his comments were "hypothetical" and "not based on conversations" he had with the president.