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Lawyer: So what if they talked?

21 January 2019

Sunday on CNN's "Reliable Sources", Buzzfeed reporter Anthony Cormier discussed the story, which claimed President Donald Trump directed his former attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the Moscow Trump Tower project.

After Mueller's office disputed the report as "not accurate" Friday evening, the conversation shifted, with some saying the report should have been treated more skeptically all along, while others expressed frustration with Mueller's office for not saying what specifically about the piece was incorrect.

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

Schiff said if Trump knew Cohen was going to lie to Congress, but didn't urge him to do so, "I don't know that it would be a crime".

Rudy Giuliani said it would have been "perfectly normal" for Trump to discuss the testimony with Cohen, his former legal fixer who has admitted to lying to Congress about when the "Trump Tower Moscow" project ended.

Cohen, unlike in the Southern of District of NY case against him, did not say that Trump "directed" him to commit a crime.

Guests on the show, hosted by Joy Reid, were responding to Giuliani's recent TV appearances, in which he suggested the president may have been discussing building a proposed tower in Russian Federation until November 2016.

A panel on MSNBC has taken aim at Rudy Giuliani over the latest statements on his client, President Donald Trump. "We'll decline to comment". Instead, Cohen said they actually continued until that June, after Trump had clinched the Republican nomination.

"What I think it does show is that there is an initial bias in what goes into a lot of these stories", Turley said.

On Thursday night, Buzzfeed News posted a scoop that industry insiders were quick to compare to the work of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein and hailed as a "smoking gun" that could buttress the case to impeach President Trump.

"BuzzFeed's description of specific statements to the Special Counsel's Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen's Congressional testimony are not accurate", spokesman Peter Carr said. The deputy attorney general's office, which oversees the special counsel, was only given a heads up it was coming Friday evening. Giuliani blasted the news organisation, which stands by its reporting, calling the story "scandalous" and "horrible".

People familiar with the matter said the special counsel's office meant the statement to be a denial of the central theses of the BuzzFeed story - particularly those that referenced what Cohen had told the special counsel, and what evidence the special counsel had gathered. He declined to address it after the special counsel's office released the statement.

Lawyer: So what if they talked?