Georgian businessman accuses Mueller of sensationalizing his texts with Cohen

Georgian businessman accuses Mueller of sensationalizing his texts with Cohen
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A Georgian businessman asked for a retraction of a footnote to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's report he said contained “glaring inaccuracies” regarding his text messages with President TrumpDonald John TrumpKimberly Guilfoyle reports being asymptomatic and 'feeling really pretty good' after COVID-19 diagnosis Biden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE's former attorney Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenBarr to testify in House oversight hearing next month Stone received 'favorable treatment' because of relationship with Trump, former prosecutor will testify Nadler to subpoena AG Barr over Berman firing MORE about tapes connected to President Trump's 2013 visit to Moscow. 

Lawyers for Giorgi Rtskhiladze wrote a letter to Attorney General William BarrBill BarrOVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Key impeachment witness retires | Duckworth presses for information | Subpanel advances defense measure | Democrats press for end to military transgender ban DOJ to resume executions next week for first time in 15 years Tim Scott says he's talking with House Democrats about reviving police reform bill MORE saying that the footnote only includes part of an exchange between their client and Cohen, Bloomberg News reported Wednesday.

Attorney A. Scott Bolden said investigators "spliced the dialogue to produce the ugly insinuations and allegations of Footnote 112 to attract publicity — all while impugning Mr. Rtskhiladze’s character." 

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In the October 2016 texts, Rtskhiladze wrote to Cohen “Stopped flow of some tapes from Russia,” but the report does not include the word "some," according to the letter, which adds that that word “establishes the fact that Mr. Rtskhiladze had no knowledge of the tapes’ content,” Bloomberg reported. The letter also said that Mueller also did not disclose the rest of the texts between the men, which demonstrate Rtskhiladze's lack of knowledge of the tapes. 

Rtskhiladze, who has conducted business with Trump, told Bloomberg in an interview that the texts were misconstrued and that he was merely discussing a rumor with Cohen. 

Justice Department spokesman Peter Carr declined to comment. The Justice Department on Thursday released a redacted version of the Mueller report. The report contains a brief section on communications with Rtskhiladze and an investment company. 

He is identified in the report as an "Executive of the Silk Road Transatlantic Alliance, LLC who communicated with Cohen about a Trump Tower Moscow proposal."