Giuliani walks back startling claims on talk about Trump’s Moscow tower plan

Giuliani says Cohen talked about Trump Tower in Moscow through 2016 election

Trump has denied the BuzzFeed article's claim and Giuliani backed him: "I can tell you his counsel to Michael Cohen throughout that entire period was: "Tell the truth". That extends the timeline for the Russian business deal well beyond what the president has publicly acknowledged.

BuzzFeed's story drew a rare denial from special counsel Robert Mueller's office, though the news outlet said it stood by its reporting.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway's husband - a constant critic of President Donald Trump - on Monday trashed Rudy Giuliani for "making sh**t up" amid a changing narrative on Trump's contact with Michael Cohen before his congressional testimony.

"I just told you he didn't do it".

Giuliani suggested last month that Trump had spoken with Cohen past January 2016, and indicated that conversations occurred later than previously known. 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.

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Giuliani, who is seen by many as a key public relations figure for Trump, talked about his role in a recent interview in the New Yorker.

Giuliani also distanced himself from comments he made Sunday in which he claimed Trump and his aides had been involved in discussions about the Moscow project well into the 2016 campaign - even possibly as late as October or November of that year. Giuliani has also in the past said there was no collusion.

Giuliani argued on Monday, as he did a day prior to CNN, that Trump viewed the project as insignificant because it consisted at the time of only an unfunded letter of intent.

Speaking with The New Yorker, the former mayor said he is "absolutely" anxious about his legacy amounting to lying for the president. The next day, Giuliani walks back his comments, saying they "did not represent the actual timing or circumstances of any discussions". "Well, I have listened to tapes, but none of them concern this". Giuliani said Trump did not really remember when the conversations took place, but was comfortable with a general answer that Trump provided Mueller, which "would have covered all the way up to November of - covered all the way up to November 2016". "I shouldn't have said 'tapes, '" Colbert quoted Giuliani's conflicting statements.

Mueller later filed documents revealing Cohen said he discussed the proposal with Trump on multiple occasions and with members of the president's family, later in the year - even after Trump became the Republican nominee for president. Earlier this month, he was forced to clean up a remark in which he asserted that he only could vouch that the president had not colluded with Russian Federation, rather than the whole campaign, a dramatic change of story. "'Rudy Giuliani: He lied for Trump, '" he said.

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