President TrumpDonald TrumpUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid Heller won't say if Biden won election MORE's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, on Monday sought to clarify previous statements he made about talks to build a Trump Tower in Moscow during the 2016 election, maintaining that they were "hypothetical."
RUDY WALKS IT BACK: Rudy Giuliani issues statement to NBC News, saying his "recent statements about discussions during the 2016 campaign between Michael Cohen and then-candidate Donald Trump about a potential Trump Moscow 'project' were hypothetical." pic.twitter.com/VAA36Q9bHY— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) January 21, 2019
He later added that Trump's legal team's answers to questions from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE about the topic "cover until the election."
The statement appeared to align with previous comments Giuliani had made on the topic. In December, he indicated that Cohen may have pursued discussions about a possible Trump Tower Moscow development until November 2016.
"According to the answer that he gave, it would have covered all the way up to November of 2016," Giuliani said on ABC's "This Week," referring to written responses that Trump gave special counsel Robert Mueller on the subject.
Cohen in 2018 pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about when negotiations for a Trump Tower in Moscow concluded. Cohen had said while pleading guilty that efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow lasted until June 2016.
But Giuliani's recent comments raised more questions about that timeline.
"Why, two years after the fact, are we just learning this fact now, when there's been this much inquiry?" Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the ranking member on the Senate Intelligence Committee, asked on Sunday. "I think that's a relevant fact for voters to know. And I think it's remarkable that we're two years after the fact and just discovering it today."