Buzzfeed News Struggles With Credibility After Disputed Report
- Author: Tracy Klein Jan 22, 2019,
Jan 22, 2019, 1:41
On Friday evening, after the White House and the president's lawyer dismissed the claim, special counsel Robert Mueller issued a rare statement to suggest that at least elements of the story were not true. It may be attorney-client privilege if it happened, where I can't acknowledge it.
With this statement by Giuliani (which, who knows, he might contradict by day's end), we now have four different versions that the president and his representatives have told about his pursuit of a Moscow deal during the campaign.
Cohen was sentenced in December to three years in prison for tax and fraud charges, for lying to Congress and for a pair of campaign finance violations stemming from hush money that prosecutors in the Southern District of NY allege Mr Trump directed his former fixer to pay to a porn star and a former model on the eve of the election.
Guiliani said it's his understanding that conversations between Trump and Michael Cohen continued as late as October or November of that year.
Told of the special counsel's failure to find support for the story, Mittenthal, the BuzzFeed spokesman, said, "Our high-level law enforcement sources, who have helped corroborate months of accurate reporting on the Trump Tower Moscow deal and its aftermath, have told us otherwise". Cohen was pursuing the deal in Russian Federation, while Trump was focused on the election, he said.
Late past year, Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress when he said that the project discussions had ended in January 2016.
On NBC's Meet the Press, Giuliani said Trump's team had told Mueller the discussions "went on throughout 2016" and continued "probably up to, could be up to, as far as October, November". So anytime during that period they could've talked about it.
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. Giuliani said there "weren't a lot of them, but there were conversations".
The president has provided written answers to questions from Mueller on the Moscow project, according to Giuliani.
You'll recall that this is the same evolution he underwent on that infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting: First he lied and said the meeting was just to discuss adoptions, then when the lie was exposed he admitted it was in fact for getting dirt on Hillary Clinton from the Russians, and claimed it was "totally legal and done all the time in politics".
It remains unclear when or if discussions about building Trump Tower Moscow officially ended.