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Trump Admits Moscow Project Talks Lasted Until Election Day
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=24110"><span class="small">Daniel Politi, Slate</span></a>   
Monday, 21 January 2019 14:26

Politi writes: "The timeline has shifted yet again. Rudy Giuliani admitted on Sunday that the Trump Organization continued talking to Russian officials about building a skyscraper in Moscow throughout the entire presidential campaign."

Rudy Giuliani. (photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Rudy Giuliani. (photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Trump Admits Moscow Project Talks Lasted Until Election Day

By Daniel Politi, Slate

21 January 19


he timeline has shifted yet again. Rudy Giuliani admitted on Sunday that the Trump Organization continued talking to Russian officials about building a skyscraper in Moscow throughout the entire presidential campaign. That is much longer than previously acknowledged and means that Donald Trump only stopped trying to seal a deal after Americans elected him to become commander in chief. In an interview with the New York Times, Giuliani quoted the president as saying that the Trump Tower Moscow discussions went on “from the day I announced to the day I won.”

In an interview with NBC News on Sunday, Giuliani said the conversations over the Moscow deal lasted well into 2016. “The conversations lasted throughout parts of 2016. The president is not sure exactly when they ended. I would say Michael Cohen would have a much better recollection of it than the president,” Giuliani said. When pressed for more detail, Giuliani said, “Could be up to as far as October, November. Our answers cover until the election.”

The New York Times summarizes just why this new timeline is so significant:

The new timetable means that Mr. Trump was seeking a deal at the time he was calling for an end to economic sanctions against Russia imposed by the Obama administration. He was seeking a deal when he gave interviews questioning the legitimacy of NATO, a favorite talking point of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. And he was seeking a deal when, in July 2016, he called on Russia to release hacked Democratic emails that Mr. Putin’s government was rumored at the time to have stolen.

In addition, Trump flat out denied in 2016 that he had any relationship with Russia. “I mean I have nothing to do with Russia. I don’t have any jobs in Russia. I’m all over the world but we’re not involved in Russia,” he said on July 26, 2016. Then during the second presidential debate, Hillary Clinton said Trump “maybe … wants to do business in Moscow,” which Trump characterized as “so ridiculous.” He added, “I know nothing about Russia … I don’t deal there.”

Giuliani also reiterated what he told CNN Sunday that Trump might have talked to his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen before his congressional testimony. But he vehemently denied a BuzzFeed report that Trump had encouraged Cohen to lie. Although Giuliani couched it as a possibility, he did say Trump acknowledged discussing the Moscow project with Cohen in his written answers to the special counsel. But he noted there was no specific question about the timeline of those talks in relationship to congressional testimony. “There was no question that he was asked by the special counsel a question that said, ‘Did you talk to him before he testified?’” Giuliani said. “There were questions like, ‘Did you talk about the Moscow project with Michael Cohen?’ to which we answered yes.”

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+7 # ER444 2019-01-21 14:52
F----ng liars!!! "Impeach the mother fucker!!!"
+5 # MikeAF48 2019-01-21 16:33
Rudy Giuliani we all think you have a heart of gold Russian gold that is it helps towards your retirement. We trust all of you there will bee no back stabbing in the GOP Republican Party your all solid gold. LOL
0 # ktony 2019-01-21 18:44
Rudy doesn't care what the Game is, so long as he is seen as a Player.
“.....I have no knowledge if he spoke to him,” Giuliani says on whether President Trump and Michael Cohen discussed Cohen’s congressional testimony, before adding, **“So what if he talked to him about it?"**
The "so what?" is really disturbing. The Consiglieri is saying, "Yeah. The Boss did it. Whatcha gonna do about it?"
0 # DongiC 2019-01-22 04:25
Trump has a major problem with his various lies: he can't keep them straight. And, with video cameras all around, his prevarications are easily exposed for all to see. So sad!
0 # economagic 2019-01-22 09:44
This information merely confirms what we already knew or had no reason to doubt (primarily that T-Rump is an obsessive liar), and is not in itself indicative of any crime--yet.
+2 # Texas Aggie 2019-01-22 09:48
Ok, RR. How is this a nothing burger?
0 # Kootenay Coyote 2019-01-22 09:50
The noose is starting to tighten.
0 # MikeAF48 2019-01-22 14:08
MSNBC Please take a break on Giuliani he and Trump both have dementia. The White House Retirement Home its the perfect place for old hard working con artists they all of them can say anything they want and it will be taken with a grain of salt they get fed well get as much attention as they need life is good in the White House Retirement Home so please MSNBC move on to something else.
0 # lfeuille 2019-01-22 17:25
He wasn't calling for the release of the DNC emails. He was calling for the release of the 30,000 or so state dept. emails deleted from HRC's private server. They were never released. Not by the Russians, not by Wikileaks, not by anyone. It was a stupid joke.

As the the other things. It was a true conflict of interest. He should not have been negotiating any deals at all anywhere in the world while running for president, but I'm not sure it become illegal until he was sworn in and the THESE negotiations reportedly stopped before then, though I'm not convinced they didn't continue afterward and Mueller either hasn't found the evidence yet or it just hasn't leaked yet. It would explain Trumps alternately sucking up and going cold and imposing additional sanctions when the criticism got to hot here at home. Of course, if he told Cohen to lie about it that would be a crime in itself separate from an emoluments violation.