Fuzzy on Trump Tower Moscow? Here's what we know so far

Former Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani

Giuliani said on NBC's "Meet The Press" that Trump recalled having conversations with Cohen about the project throughout 2016, though there "weren't a lot of them". Meanwhile, Vanity Fair reports a fracas over Giuliani's future in which Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are lobbying to send Giuliani packing, while outside influences like Corey Lewandowski and campaign alum David Bossie are fighting to keep him in place.

Cohen was spearheading the project for the Trump Organization.

In remarks to the New York Daily News, Giuliani walked back a CNN interview Sunday in which he said he did not know if Trump talked with Cohen before his 2017 Capitol Hill testimony, but added: "So, what if he talked to him about it?" Prior to this weekend at least, Trump had backed Giuliani because he understood the collusion story to be a "messaging battle, and Rudy much of the time has been a very effective messenger", according to a White House aide speaking to Politico.

Part of his confusion is that while Giuliani frequently speaks to his client, the president's legal team has had a hard time corralling Trump for a lengthy debriefing about the facts of the case, particularly from events stemming before the presidency, according to one official and a Republican close to the White House.

The changing timeline is relevant in light of the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the election and ties to the Trump campaign.

Giuliani said Monday in a three-sentence statement that his comments "did not represent the actual timing or circumstances of any discussions".

Throughout the 2016 campaign, Trump bucked his party's orthodoxy and stunned his critics by repeatedly praising Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Negotiations for a Trump deal in Moscow occurred around the same time that the Russian government was interfering in the 2016 U.S. election.

Cohen says he lied to minimize the public understanding of Trump's Russian Federation ties, to try to limit the various Russian Federation investigations and to be consistent with Trump's "political messaging".

And Giuliani said Sunday of the project: 'The thing had petered out quite a bit.

Giuliani suggested last month that Trump had spoken with Cohen past January 2016, and indicated that conversations occurred later than previously known.

"They have shot themselves in the foot time and time again, because they so desperately want this to be the truth, as opposed to saying, 'You know what?"

He got somewhat more straightforward while reflecting on his legacy. And then they abandoned the project.

Giuliani argued on Monday, as he did a day prior to CNN, that Trump viewed the project as insignificant because it consisted at the time of only an unfunded letter of intent. "Because, remember, 2015, 2016, he's running against 16 people for president of the United States". A former federal prosecutor, he has also been the team's public face and, even if not the primary author of letters and other documents to the Mueller team, he has nonetheless helped develop strategy.

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