Giuliani changes story about Trump's Moscow tower talks

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Congressman Jim Himes (D- CT) told Anderson Cooper tonight that Rudy Giuliani isn't so much President Donald Trump's lawyer as a "trusted mouthpiece to speak to the right wing".

Giuliani, President Trump's attorney, attempted Monday to clean up comments he made over the weekend asserting that discussions about a potential Trump Tower in Moscow stretched into as late as November 2016.

This was the second time within the past week that Giuliani has walked back comments from the previous day.

"It's our understanding that it, that they went on throughout 2016", Giuliani said of the discussions on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday.

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.

But Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office, which is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, including any links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump campaign, took the extraordinary step of issuing a statement that challenged the accuracy of the report, but didn't provide details.

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Trump officials had initially described the project as the province of Cohen and simply in the discussion phase. "We had to report it and attribute it to BuzzFeed, and as I said on our air, we don't know whether or not this story is accurate, contextual, true, and it needs to be run down", he said.

Giuliani denied the report Friday, saying Trump did not ask Cohen to lie to Congress.

Donald Trump may indeed have spoken to his then lawyer Michael Cohen about false testimony he delivered to Congress, and which is now at the centre of a seething political controversy, Rudy Giuliani has said. "Each mistake has been a gift to the president, providing fodder for his case that any unflattering reporting about him amounts to 'fake news, ' and that the special counsel's investigation is nothing but a 'witch hunt'".

"The president also remembers - yeah, probably up - could be up to as far as October, November", Giuliani said.

BuzzFeed also reported Cohen had told the special counsel about Trump's instructions to lie to Congress and that documents and witness testimony would support Cohen's statements.

Warner added, "I would think most voters - Democrat, Republican, independent, you name it - that knowing the Republican nominee was actively trying to do business in Moscow, that the Republican nominee at least at one point had offered, if he built this building, Vladimir Putin, a free-penthouse apartment, and if those negotiations were ongoing up until the election, I think that's a relevant fact for voters to know. So any time during that period, they could have talked about it", he said. But Trump had signed a nonbinding letter of intent on the project.

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