Russian Official: We Didn’t Talk To Anyone About a Trump Real Estate Deal
Alleged real estate project in Moscow during the 2016 election rubbished by Russia
A senior Russian official has said there were no discussions with President Trump or anyone from his team about a proposed real estate project in Moscow during the 2016 elections.
As the media scrambles for stories relating to the elusive Moscow real estate deal, Putin's spokesman released that statement to dampen the salacious reports.
"No, the Kremlin did not hold talks with anyone at all about building the tower," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, according to state-run TASS.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office released a statement last week disputing the BuzzFeed News report that President Donald Trump instructed his former lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to investigators during the Russia probe.
“The conversations lasted throughout parts of 2016,” Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Sunday on "Meet the Press" while addressing Cohen’s attempts to broker the project.
“But the president's recollection of it is that the thing had petered out quite a bit. They sent a letter of intent in. They didn't even know where to send it they knew so little about it.”
Trump denied any financial interested in Russia and called the Buzzfeed report as 'a very sad day for journalism.'
“I have had dealings over the years where I sold a house to a very wealthy Russian many years ago,” he told NBC in May of 2017.
“I had the Miss Universe pageant — which I owned for quite a while — I had it in Moscow a long time ago. But other than that, I have nothing to do with Russia.”
Top Democrat on the intelligence panel, Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, claimed that Giuliani’s remarks defended his committee’s ongoing investigation.
“Why, two years after the fact, are we just learning this fact now, when there's been this much inquiry?” Warner asked.
"I don't often feel bad for Rudy Giuliani. This morning, just seeing that interview, I almost feel bad for him. He keeps having to readjust his stories as more facts come out."
"So we now know that Mr. Trump or his operation was still trying to do business with Moscow up until his election. We now know that his campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, gave confidential information to a Russian agent, and we don't know what that Russian agent did with that.”
But despite the ongoing Trump/Russia saga, a report from the Washington Examiner reported the President's lawyer said Sunday his boss advised his former fixer Michael Cohen to be honest when he appeared before lawmakers.
"I can tell you his counsel to Michael Cohen throughout that entire period was, ‘Tell the truth.’ We thought he was telling the truth. I still believe he may have been telling the truth when he testified before Congress," Rudy Giuliani said during an interview on NBC News' "Meet the Press."
"But in any event, his lawyers thought that our lawyers thought that, and the president thought that at the time.”
Trump discussed the topic more generally in November.
“There was a good chance that I wouldn’t have won, in which case I would have gotten back into the business, and why should I lose lots of opportunities?” the president said, as per the New York Times.
Putin’s team described Cohen as ineffective saying the attorney sent multiple messages to “the publicly accessible e-mail of the Russian presidential administration,” as TASS put it.
"How do we know who kept this under control and what were the issues? Trump personally or someone else?" Peskov said.
”The Americans themselves and the U.S. president personally are in a better position to judge.”