Published: Wed, January 23, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Drew Collins

George Conway Mocks Giuliani For Trump-Cohen Comments

George Conway Mocks Giuliani For Trump-Cohen Comments

President Donald Trump's discussions to build a skyscraper in Moscow extended until after he won the presidency, his lawyer Rudolph Giuliani said on Sunday.

The Moscow deal ultimately did not materialize but Giuliani's remarks suggest that Trump's discussions about the project with Cohen may have dragged on months longer than had been publicly known.

Trump Tower Moscow, according to a letter of intent signed by Trump, was to include prime office space, a 15-story hotel area, a fitness center, and a luxury spa that could be branded with Ivanka Trump's name.

- May 4-6, 2016: Felix Sater, an executive who had worked on and off for the Trump Organization, and Cohen discuss having Trump visit Russian Federation after the Republican National Convention. Saying that the talks ended in January 2016 was a lie, Cohen admitted. Sater said Peskov had invited Cohen as his guest.

Giuliani said in an interview with The New York Times that Trump "recalls a series of conversations" with his former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, about the project during the campaign. Mark R. Warner (Va.), the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, reacted to the shifting timeline, saying it was "news to me" and adding: "That is big news". Those statements turned out to be lies.

While his company secretly pursued a lucrative business deal in Moscow, Trump also publicly floated the possibility of lifting U.S. sanctions against Russian Federation.

Cohen, who has been sentenced to three years in prison for lying to lawmakers, is expected to testify before the Democratic-led House Oversight Committee on February 7. The BuzzFeed report took things a step further by alleging that Trump told Cohen to lie in September 2017. Last May, Giuliani went on Sean Hannity's Fox News show and acknowledged that Trump repaid Cohen for hush money payments to Stormy Daniels, the porn star alleging an affair with Trump, a statement viewed then as a misstep but later perceived as an effort to minimize revelations about possible campaign finance violations. His statement Sunday, made on NBC's "Meet the Press", that Trump associates had continued negotiations about the real estate project deep into the 2016 campaign had again raised scrutiny into then-candidate Trump's posture toward Moscow, including his call in July of that year for Russian Federation to hack into Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's emails.

After the report was released Thursday, Mueller spokesman Peter Carr issued a statement disputing the story. "The problem is people don't understand, or people don't want to understand alternative arguing, which is what you do in court all the time", he said. Giuliani also leaves open the possibility that Trump and Cohen might have discussed Cohen's testimony.

But in an emailed statement on Monday Giuliani changed his story, saying: "My comments did not represent the actual timing or circumstances of any such discussions". In an interview on Monday, Giuliani said that the real estate development was "hypothetical" and "in the earliest stage".

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