Cohen's new lawyer slams Giuliani over Russian Federation investigation

Cliff Owen  Associated Press		James Comey

Rudolph Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, said Sunday that he has counseled the president against granting a pardon to his longtime fixer Michael Cohen, at least for now.

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".

A day after he tweeted "I will always protect my POTUS" in April, the FBI raided his home, office and hotel room as part of a probe by federal prosecutors in NY into his business dealings.

Giuliani's television appearances come on the heels of an admission earlier this week to ABC's George Stephanopoulos by Cohen - who once boasted he would "take a bullet" for Trump - that he is putting "family and country first" and protecting the president is not his priority. Comey has said he told Trump about the dossier allegations because they were widely known in Washington, including by the media, and that he kept his memos because he was concerned that Trump might lie about their conversations.

"We've been through everything on collusion and obstruction", Giuliani said.

Giuliani's comments echo statements he made Friday to the New York Times in which he said the president's team would discuss an interview if the Mueller investigation "show [s] us the basis and that it's legitimate and that they have uncovered something".

The enabling documents for the probe authorize Mr. Mueller to investigate "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump" as well as "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation". First, he's been dropping increasingly heavy hints lately that he'll have no choice but to cooperate with prosecutors if someone (hint, hint) doesn't pay for his legal defense, which the Trump family had been kind enough to contribute to - until recently.

The president, as well as Giuliani, have often used media interviews and or social media to deride the special counsel's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, usually referring to the probe as a "witch hunt" orchestrated by "13 Angry Democrats" hell-bent on rectifying the 2016 election.

While several other top Trump staffers have been interviewed in the Russian Federation probe, the administration is cracking down in part because of allegations of bias within the special counsel team, Giuliani said. "Or is there a factual basis for this?"

"The fact that the polls are moving away from Mueller is telling", McCarthy said.

The letter, obtained by the Associated Press, underscores the intense effort by Trump's legal team over the previous year to tarnish Comey's reputation and pit the president's word against that of the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director. Cohen told the New York Times he paid adult actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 out of his personal account to keep her from revealing details of her alleged affair with the president.

Whether Mr. Trump will testify is still an open question, Giuliani told Reid.



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