Donald Trump‘s top as-seen-on-TV lawyer was back on the Sunday shows again, as usual to clean up the damage he did during the previous Sunday shows. His main charge this time around was to dismiss the now-disputed BuzzFeed story alleging that Donald Trump personally directed ex-attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.
Appearing on CNN‘s State of the Nation, Giuliani did indeed deny the story. But he would not clarify whether Trump spoke to Cohen about Cohen’s planned testimony, saying he did not know if it happened but “it may be attorney-client privilege” if it did. And if he did, says Giuliani: “So what if he talked to him about it?”
On the key question of whether Donald Trump, his family and his associates were still pursuing negotiations with Russian government officials to construct a “Trump Tower” in Moscow during the precise period of time Russian intelligence operatives had launched an aggressive effort to support Donald Trump‘s presidential bid, and in fact even up to the actual election itself, Giuliani was considerably more forthcoming. Trump had long insisted that no such conversations took place; on Meet The Press, Rudy was perfectly willing to concede his client had been lying his behind off on this one.
[W]hen asked about the timeline of the Moscow deal conversations, Giuliani acknowledged they “went on throughout 2016.”
“There weren’t a lot of them, but there were conversations,” he said. “Can’t be sure the exact date. … Probably up to ― could be up to as far as October, November.”
The Trump family and campaign have both taken great pains to deny all substantive contacts with Russian officials during that government’s Trump-supporting espionage campaign against the United States, only to admit to numerous such contacts after reporters or investigators have revealed them.