MSNBC, CNN Go From ‘Bombshell’ to ‘Frustrated’ After Mueller Disputes BuzzFeed Report


Sunday on CNN's "Reliable Sources", Buzzfeed reporter Anthony Cormier discussed the story, which claimed President Donald Trump directed his former attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the Moscow Trump Tower project. But the new report indicates that Trump was in talks for the deal when he was calling for an end to Russian sanctions and questioning the legitimacy of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

While the cable channels' anchors and analysts took care to say the report was possibly damning "if true" throughout the day on Friday, there was still rampant speculation about potential impeachment, proof of obstruction of justice, and the possible end of the Trump presidency.

"The best he could do is, 'We talked about it, I knew he was running with it, I honestly didn't pay much attention to it, '" Giuliani said, characterizing Trump's memory.

Cohen initially told a congressional committee investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election that the Trump Organization's pursuit of a property deal in Russian Federation ended before the Republican primary began in January 2016.

"Congress has as a fundamental interest in two things: first in getting to the bottom of why a witness came before us and lied, and who else was knowledgeable that this was a lie", he said. Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress and admitted discussions continued well into 2016.

In a separate interview on CNN, Giuliani said he had "no knowledge" of whether Trump talked to Cohen before his congressional testimony.

"The Americans and the USA president himself know this better", Peskov told reporters, asked whether the Kremlin had contacts with Trump's team about the Trump Tower project in Moscow.

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He added, "What we reported, that the president of the United States directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress is accurate".

In light of these facts, Giuliani changed his story yet again on Monday, telling the New York Daily News, "The president never spoke with Cohen about the congressional testimony". He wrote that Cohen was "in close and regular contact with White House-based staff and legal counsel to Client-1" as he prepared his testimony and "specifically knew. that Client-1 and his public spokespersons were seeking to portray contact with Russian representatives in any form by Client-1, the Campaign or the Trump Organisation as having effectively terminated before the Iowa caucuses of February 1, 2016".

It remains hard to accept the BuzzFeed article as a whole - but Giuliani's scattershot reaction and shifting story suggest that it's still worth taking seriously.

'Our answers cover until the election.

"We commend them for standing up for the truth", Giuliani said, referring to Mueller's team.

The president has provided written answers to questions from Mueller on the Moscow project, according to Giuliani.