Giuliani backtracks on comments Trump sought Moscow deal throughout 2016


President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani, as he has often done during his representation of the president, has gone public to set things straight after making a statement on cable news that raised eyebrows.

Meanwhile, Trump's lawyer, former NY mayor Rudy Giuliani, has made a number of erratic and contradictory statements about the Mueller investigation, which is looking into whether members of the Trump campaign collaborated with the Russian government to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential race.

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.

This idea - that former Trump fixer Michael Cohen is lying to prosecutors to get a better deal for himself - is a common refrain for both Giuliani and Trump.

Giuliani said that when Cohen testified to Congress that the project had ended in January 2016, Trump simply "accepted" that answer.

After the story was published, Mueller's office, which has been tight-lipped about its investigation of Russia's role in the 2016 election and whether Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow, issued a statement denying the bombshell report.

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President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani is using flawed arguments to defend the president, because a quid-pro-quo arrangement with Russian Federation could be characterized as a bribe if it took place after Trump took office, former federal prosecutor Mimi Rocah argued Monday.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks at the 2018 Iran Freedom Convention in Washington, U.S., May 5, 2018.

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. The BuzzFeed report took things a step further by alleging that Trump told Cohen to lie in September 2017. Instead, talks continued into June 2016, months before the election.

Appearing on CNN's "Reliable Sources", Corimer said: 'I have further confirmation this is right and stand our ground.

"I did not say that", Giuliani told Chotiner. By Sunday, Giuliani was saying the Trump-Cohen talks didn't happen, but even if they did it's "totally normal". "So any time during that period, they could have talked about it", he said.