Michael Cohen's new attorney came out firing Monday against President Donald Trump and his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, challenging Giuliani over a recent interview and claiming the president and his lawyer together calling for the truth was an "oxymoron".
"Is that the current condition", ABC News' "This Week" host George Stephanopoulos asked Giuliani, a member of Trump's legal team.
Giuliani insisted that Mueller's team needs to show Trump's lawyers that there was a legitimate "basis for this investigation", especially since "we now know it was started from biased" roots. "We have no reason to believe he did anything wrong".
"I have no concerns that Michael Cohen is going to do anything but tell the truth", he said. But Mr. Giuliani later struck a more combative stance, saying he should only agree to such a meeting if federal prosecutors made clear the role played by a suspected informant said to have approached Trump campaign aides.
"We're pretty much decided we are waiting for a decision of the counsel", Giuliani said, adding that there needs to be "some basis for investigation".
"He wants to testify", said the former New York City mayor. But in the ABC interview, he said he couldn't comment on advice of his lawyer. Giuliani called it "the most corrupt investigation I have ever seen", taking his cue from the president.More news: Prince William congratulates England on qualifying for semi-finals
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Stephanopoulos said he asked Cohen repeatedly if he was considering cooperating with prosecutors in their investigation.
The New York Times earlier reported that Kasowitz had written two letters to Mueller in June 2017, and published one in which he categorically rejected the idea that Comey's firing could constitute obstruction of justice.
Giuliani revealed to CNN's State of the Union that the White House legal team has debriefed all the witnesses to the Mueller investigation, and reviewed 1.4m pages of documents handed over to the special counsel.
The Justice Department is probing possible coordination between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, as well as possible obstruction of justice by the president.
The former NY mayor said on NBC that it's "great" if Cohen wants to cooperate with investigators because "we've been through all the records" and "he has no evidence of, nor was he involved in, anything untoward with the president". Seriously? Is that Trump and Giuliani definition of "truth"?
All this comes as Cohen, a man who once said he would take a bullet for the president, has signaled an increasing willingness to cooperate with the special counsel.