McCarthy: Giuliani Understands Mueller Probe 'Has Always Been About Impeachment'

Erika Holt
July 10, 2018

A lawyer for US President Donald Trump on Sunday sharpened his attacks on the special counsel inquiry into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russian Federation, calling it "the most corrupt investigation that I've ever seen".

On ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, Giuliani told Stephanopoulos he and Trump were fine with Cohen's interview, and that he has "zero" concerns about what Cohen could tell authorities "as long as he tells the truth".

In an interview last week with Stephanopoulos, Cohen acknowledged that he soon could face criminal charges in an ongoing Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of his finances and business dealings.

"I do not expect that Michael Cohen is going to lie", Giuliani said on CNN's "State of the Union". "We have no reason to believe he did anything wrong".

Rudy Giuliani, the former NY mayor and Trump's lead attorney, told ABC News and CNN that Trump's lawyers want evidence from Mueller's investigators that Trump engaged in wrongdoing before agreeing to let him be questioned.

Prosecutors also want to bar Manafort from introducing evidence that he was previously investigated but not charged before Mueller was appointed in May 2017.

Earlier this year Giuliani had said a meeting could take place in weeks; he then extended that time frame.

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Cohen has scrubbed a reference of his long-time representation of Trump from professional credentials, saying recently, "My wife, my daughter and my son have my first loyalty and always will", not the president. When pressed, Guiliani maintained there was no wrongdoing by the president, and that the truth could therefore not harm him. "They have to give us factual basis leading to some suspicion of a crime". "We can't find an incriminating anything, and we need a basis for this investigation".

But some analysts have drawn comparisons between Cohen's story and that of former Trump aide Michael Flynn, who was charged by Mueller's team previous year.

"If he wants to cooperate, I think it's great", Giuliani said.

Joe Scarborough laced into Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani on Monday's "Morning Joe" in a rant that included a lengthy list of some of his clients' biggest scandals.

Still, Michael Cohen and Lanny Davis' public statements about the president and the truth all appear to promise a big reveal in the near future. It was the first in a series of conversations that Comey documented in writing, something Trump lawyers say he did with the ultimate goal of harming the president.

Wehle pointed out that Mueller could subpoena Trump, forcing him to testify.

Cohen was Trump's self-described fixer and a key player in the Trump Organization for more than a decade, regularly berating reporters and threatening lawsuits against anyone who posed a challenge to his boss.

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