Giuliani: Trump Tower Moscow talks may have lasted ‘as far as’ October or November 2016
President Donald Trump’s conversations with his former personal attorney about a Trump Tower Moscow deal may have lasted up until the 2016 election, his new lawyer said Sunday.
Rudy Giuliani said in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the president’s written answers to questions from special counsel Robert Mueller “cover up to the election” with regards to discussions about the possible deal and that Trump “can remember having” such discussions “up to as far as October, November.”
Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty last year to lying to Congress about talks about a potential real estate deal in Moscow. Cohen told lawmakers in closed-door testimony that negotiations about the deal ended in January 2016. Cohen later said in his plea that discussions continued into June of that year.
Giuliani revealed Sunday that the discussions may have lasted up until Trump’s election, a disclosure that has already sparked concerns from Democrats and others who have long worried that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia have exerted a great influence on Trump.
“It’s our understanding that they went on throughout 2016,” Giuliani said, adding that “there weren’t a lot of them, but there were conversations. Can’t be sure [of] the exact dates, but the president can remember having conversations with him about it.”
Pressed by host Chuck Todd, Giuliani said that the discussions could have extended until October or November.
“Any time during that period they could have talked about it. But the president’s recollection of it is that the thing had petered out quite a bit.”