We'll try to sort through the changing stories about the Trump Organization's efforts to put together a deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow while Trump was running for president, but here's what's most vital to understand: You don't have to believe the absolute worst version of this scandal, where every accusation reveals an actual crime, to admit that Trump was and is both deeply corrupt and utterly dishonest.
Giuliani did acknowledge Trump's then-legal team talked with Cohen's lawyers - and possibly Cohen himself - before he went before the House and Senate intelligence committees - when he lied about the Trump Tower Moscow talks having ended January 2016.
Senator Mark Warner, D, said Giuliani keeps changing his tune as more details are revealed, telling NBC's Chuck Todd: "This morning I nearly feel bad for him". However, the BuzzFeed report caused a frenzy among congressional Democrats, some of whom suggested the story could be used as a basis for impeachment proceedings against the president.
Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor, told the Daily News that it wouldn't necessarily be a problem if Trump and Cohen's lawyers had contact ahead of the testimony, as Giuliani now claims. But the president's recollection of it is that the, the thing had petered out quite a bit'.
"Categorically, I can tell you his counsel to Michael Cohen throughout that entire period was, 'Tell the truth, ' " Giuliani said.
Donald Trump may have talked to Michael Cohen in advance about Cohen's false testimony to Congress on their pursuit of a property deal in Russian Federation, the president's attorney said on Sunday. "We were thinking about building a building" in Moscow, he told reporters.
The president's former fixer Michael Cohen has already pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about the timeline, having falsely claimed the negotiations ended almost a year before.
"According to the answer that he gave, it would have covered all the way up to November of - covered all the way up to November 2016", Giuliani told ABC.
Such a conversation "would be perfectly normal", Giuliani said, before emphasizing that he personally does not know whether it occurred and noting that even if he did know, he might not be able to talk about it because of attorney-client privilege. "Every other media outlet ran with the story and said, 'Let's speculate".
What remains unclear from the BuzzFeed report is what documents were viewed for the report and when Cohen allegedly spoke with Trump about his testimony. "We look forward to further clarification from the Special Counsel in the near future".