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Trump signed letter of intent for Moscow Trump Tower talks, contradicting Giuliani

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President Trump signed a letter of intent that preceded negotiations for a Trump property in Moscow, according to CNN, despite his attorney claiming over the weekend that “no one signed” such a document.

CNN’s Chris Cuomo obtained a copy of the signed letter of intent dated Oct. 28, 2015, which bears Trump’s signature. The letter pertains to negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, a project that has come under renewed scrutiny after the president’s longtime associate, Michael Cohen, admitted he lied to Congress about talks surrounding the project.

{mosads}”Here’s what’s going on,” Cuomo said on his show Tuesday night. “This doesn’t matter legally, and that’s the point. They’re not preparing for trial. Don’t examine it that way. They’re preparing for a (public relations) campaign.”

The document, which is nonbinding, is also signed by the owner of the Russian firm that would have developed the property. The letter contradicts Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s current attorney in the Russia investigation, who told CNN on Sunday that “there was a letter of intent to go forward, but no one signed it.”

Trump’s team has offered inconsistent statements on the potential Moscow development, but has denied any wrongdoing took place. 

Cohen last month pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about plans to build a Trump property in Moscow, plans he initially said were scrapped in January 2016 but actually continued well into the presidential campaign, according to his confession.

Giuliani indicated Sunday that Cohen may have pursued discussions up to November 2016.

Trump has defended the negotiations, arguing that he was entitled to continue seeking business opportunities during the 2016 campaign in the event that he lost the election.

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