Also in his statements to "Meet the Press", Giuliani floated the possibility that Trump might have just forgotten about the so-called Moscow project.
Giuliani, a former NY mayor, said that Michael Cohen, Trump's former personal attorney, "would have a much better recollection of [the Moscow negotiations] than the president".
The unusual situation is complicated by the fact that the United States has imposed a series of sanctions on Russian Federation due to alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election with Robert Mueller investigating those claims, as well as allegations of collusion between Trump's campaign team and Moscow.
Cohen had told Congress that the negotiations ended in January 2016, before the first presidential primaries, but later in a plea agreement, he said they continued as late as June 2016, after Trump was the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Why would he reveal that he was apparently trying to influence that special counsel's reaction to the story, even when this looks to be on its face inappropriate?
"What I think it does show is that there is an initial bias in what goes into a lot of these stories", Turley said.
"The Americans and the USA president himself know this better", Peskov told reporters, asked whether the Kremlin had contacts with Trump's team about the Trump Tower project in Moscow. "We'll decline to comment".
"We continue to report like mad, as we always do". Mittenthal said, "We trust our sources over the organisation still run by Donald Trump's family".
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Giuliani said Trump "acknowledged that they had conversations about it throughout 2015, 2016".
People familiar with the matter said after BuzzFeed published its story - which was attributed to "two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter" - the special counsel's office reviewed evidence to determine if there were any documents or witness interviews like those described, reaching out to those they thought might have a stake in the case.
"In the interest of protecting ... sources, we aren't going to speak further on the details of who saw what and when, beyond what's in the reporting", Mittenthal told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Bernstein defended coverage of the BuzzFeed report by other news organizations.
"It has not been our experience that the special counsel is forthcoming with information", Smith said.
Trump has denied the BuzzFeed article's claim and Giuliani backed him: "I can tell you his counsel to Michael Cohen throughout that entire period was: "Tell the truth". However, the BuzzFeed report caused a frenzy among congressional Democrats, some of whom suggested the story could be used as a basis for impeachment proceedings against the president.