.@RudyGiuliani: “As far as I know, President Trump did not have discussions … in which he told (Michael Cohen) or counseled him to lie. If he had any discussions with him, they’d be about the version of events that Michael Cohen gave them, which they all believed was true.” pic.twitter.com/1c1NBnrZ7c
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) January 20, 2019
Courtesy of The Hill:
President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on Sunday said it’s “possible” that president spoke to his former attorney Michael Cohen ahead of his congressional testimony.
“Which would be perfectly normal,” Giuliani told CNN’s “State of the Union.” “So what?”
“As far as I know, President Trump did not have discussions with him,” he added. “Certainly no discussions with him in which he told him or counseled him to lie.”
Giuliani also claims that if rump did talk to Cohen before he gave his testimony, which we know he definitely did, those conversations would “be about the version of events that Michael Cohen gave them, which they all believed was true.”
So Giuliani is saying that Trump would have agreed that Cohen should tell a version of events concerning the Trump Tower deal in Russia that was a lie, but which Trump himself believed it to be true.
Considering how much effort Trump seems to have put into making that deal, are we really to believe that he did not know the deal was still in the works during the campaign?
This, of course, is all about the Buzzfeed story which claims there is evidence that Trump told Cohen to lie to Congress.
Whether there is evidence or not, I do not know, but if Trump agreed that Cohen should tell Congress that the Trump Tower deal in Russia was over long before it actually ended somewhere around November 2016. And he knew differently, well then yeah he signed off on his lying to Congress.
It also did not correct it once he heard exactly what Cohen testified to Congress.
Which to me indicates that the Buzzfeed story is likely true, and that only certain elements may, in fact, be inaccurate.