Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was all over TV this weekend, making the case that his client, President Donald Trump, is the victim of out-of-control prosecutors and a crazed and biased media.
The piece, authored by investigative reporters Anthony Cormier and Jason Leopold, cites two law enforcement officials who said Michael Cohen acknowledged to Special Counsel Mueller's office that Trump told him to lie to Congress about a potential real estate deal in Moscow.
The remarks also came amid fallout from a disputed report by BuzzFeed News that alleged that evidence showed that Trump had personally directed Cohen to lie to Congress about how long talks about the proposed project had overlapped with Trump's campaign for president.
Trump said on Saturday that the BuzzFeed piece was a "disgrace" to the USA as well as journalism.
Warner, whose panel is conducting its own Russia probe, said the possibility that Trump pursued a business deal with Russia until as late as the 2016 election increases the need to know about his dealings as president with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.
In any event, it took Giuliani a bit on Friday to respond to the report, and he dismissed it as categorically false, "totally phony" and fake news.
"The president couldn't tell you the exact day it started and the exact day it ended; he remembers it started and he remembers it ended", Giuliani said, but nothing more.
Russian Federation has repeatedly denied interfering in the election, saying the allegations were made up to excuse the defeat of Trump's campaign opponent as well as deflect public attention from actual instances of electoral fraud and corruption.
According to the report, those two officials claim that the negotiations ended months before they did so as to hide Trump's involvement.
I got a hold of the transcript of Giuliani's sit-down with CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" on Sunday, and picked out some of the most notable - and newsworthy lines.
Cohen pleaded guilty in November to charges he lied to Congress when he testified that the discussions ended in January 2016. "Our answers cover until the election", Giuliani told NBC's "Meet The Press." The whole thing is problematic for them, though, and maybe Giuliani doesn't understand this, that it's all one big conspiracy....
'I'm not going to talk about my sources, ' Cormier said. But Trump had signed a nonbinding letter of intent on the project.