BuzzFeed journalist: ‘Our reporting is going to be borne out’

Giuliani said in interviews with CNN and NBC that Trump never directed Cohen to lie to lawmakers.

MSNBC and CNN reported extensively on a "bombshell" report from BuzzFeed News that President Donald Trump directed his attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, before shifting gears to a more defensive tone following the report's disputing by special counsel Robert Mueller's office.

The Trump Tower project has been a subject of scrutiny because Trump had denied any business dealings with the Russians.

Mueller issued his first public statement in more than a year to repudiate the report, flatly asserting that BuzzFeed's story was "not accurate". But the new report indicates that Trump was in talks for the deal when he was calling for an end to Russian sanctions and questioning the legitimacy of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

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

"The best he could do is, 'We talked about it, I knew he was running with it, I honestly didn't pay much attention to it, '" Giuliani said, characterizing Trump's memory. "It's remarkable that we're two years after the fact and just discovering it today".

Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat and chairman of the House intelligence committee, said the panel planned to investigate why Cohen made false statements to Congress and determine what exactly Cohen and Trump might have discussed about his testimony.

Giuliani also that it was possible that Trump had spoken to his former lawyer Michael Cohen before giving testimony before Congress.

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But last November, Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress and admitted discussions on the Moscow deal actually continued well into 2016.

And with regard to the actual negotiations with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign to build a Trump Tower Moscow, the narrative is evolving and contradictory as well.

"There are no texts and emails or other documents to corroborate BuzzFeed's claim for the simple reason that it is not true", Giuliani told Fox News.

"My recent statements about discussions during the 2016 campaign between Michael Cohen and then-candidate Donald Trump about a potential Trump Moscow "project" were hypothetical and not based on conversations I had with the President", Giualni said in a statement.

"It's our understanding that they went on throughout 2016", Giuliani told NBC's Meet the Press.

But while Smith and Cormier expressed unwavering confidence in their story, the pair declined to discuss the specifics about how their report came together. "Our answers cover until the election. So any time during that period, they could have talked about it", he said.

"According to the answer that he gave, it would have covered all the way up to November of - covered all the way up to November 2016", Giuliani told ABC.

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