While appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, the president's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, said talks to construct a Trump Tower in Moscow may have extended throughout the 2016 presidential campaign.
Giuliani said, "Probably could be up to as far as October, November ... But the president's recollection of it is that the thing had petered out quite a bit." This is the real estate project that President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about.
He originally said negotiations ended in January 2016, but later said they continued until June 2016.
Both the special counsel's office and lawmakers have been looking into the Trump Tower Moscow discussions as part of their separate investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
One of those lawmakers — Sen.
Mark Warner, who's the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee — also appeared on "Meet the Press" Sunday and said the timeline provided by Giuliani is "big news." It's not the first instance that Giuliani's mentioned this timeline, though.
He told ABC's "This Week" back in December that Cohen may have been in talks about the Moscow project up to November 2016.
In both interviews, Giuliani indicated that the president told Robert Mueller's team that the discussions might have lasted that long.