U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani said on CNN Sunday that it's "possible" the 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. Certainly, no discussions with him in which he told him or counseled him to lie." Giuliani's statements sparked immediate controversy as Buzzfeed reported late last week that Trump had urged Cohen to commit perjury on his behalf.
Trump said on Saturday he was grateful to Special Counsel Robert Mueller for a statement disputing a BuzzFeed News report that Trump directed his former lawyer to lie to Congress about a Moscow real estate deal.
"I appreciate the special counsel coming out with a statement last night. I think it was very appropriate that they did so," Trump told reporters at the White House. "I think that the BuzzFeed piece was a disgrace to our country. It was a disgrace to journalism."
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The statement by Mueller's office on Friday evening disputed key elements of the BuzzFeed report.