Published: Tue, January 22, 2019
Culture | By Glenn Strickland

Giuliani: Trump ‘Never’ Spoke To Michael Cohen About Congressional Testimony

Giuliani: Trump ‘Never’ Spoke To Michael Cohen About Congressional Testimony

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. Mueller's office took the unusual step of issuing a statement disputing the story.

"The president should not have been sitting down with his lawyer to talk about testimony affecting him in front of Congress", he said.

Former House GOP staffer Kurt Bardella: "I don't think he [Giuliani] understands anything that he's saying half the time at this point".

When Trump responded to Mueller's interview questions in writing a year ago, he told the special counsel he couldn't say definitely when the Moscow Trump Tower negotiations collapsed, Giuliani said.

Giuliani, President Trump's personal attorney, attempted Monday to clean up comments he made over the weekend asserting that discussions about a potential Trump Tower in Moscow stretched as late as November 2016. This is a familiar defense from Giuliani (i.e.it didn't happen, but if it did it's not a crime). Saying that the talks ended in January 2016 was a lie, Cohen admitted.

BuzzFeed reported that Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress, and that special counsel Robert Mueller was aware.

"Imagine if a conservative outlet did this and ran with a story this flimsy and the Special Counsel's Office came out and said 'Actually this is not accurate.' Would they be allowed to go on CNN and be asked 'How does it make you feel?' They wouldn't; they would be condemned and they would be done", she said.

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The special counsel's office does not usually issue statements in response to news reports about the Russian Federation investigation.

"If there's ever a trial on all of this, I think a whole day of the trial will just be jurors watching old Rudy Giuliani tapes and clips because the number of times, he is essentially confirming Trump lied through his teeth about doing business with Russian Federation in that period-it's just astounding", he said, The Huffington Post reported.

Giuliani responded that Trump "answered those questions fully, and I think to the satisfaction of the special counsel". Giuliani then said that even if Trump did speak to Cohen it's a "so what" situation.

In the interview with NBC, Giuliani also suggested talks may have lasted throughout the presidential campaign, all the way to November. "But the president's recollection of them is that the thing had petered out quite a bit". "So any time during that period, they could have talked about it", he said.

"The Trump Tower Moscow discussions were 'going on from the day I announced to the day I won, ' Mr. Giuliani quoted Mr. Trump as saying during an interview with The New York Times".

After citing Newt Gingrich comparing the media smear job against him to that against Abraham Lincoln, the president specifically called out BuzzFeed again.

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