Giuliani Says Michael Cohen 'Should Cooperate' With Prosecutors

Pauline Gross
July 9, 2018

"Michael Cohen should cooperate with the government", he said. "I think he's going to tell the truth, as best he can, given his recollection".

Lawyers for Mr. Trump had been eyeing early July as a possible time for an interview with the special counsel, likely at Camp David or the White House and lasting for about 2½ hours.

Giuliani contended that Mueller would not be pressing to interview Trump "if they had anything" against the president, although it is not known what evidence he may have collected.

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. He said Cohen's recent statements about wanting to tell the truth, and putting his family and country above anything else, made him "glad to help".

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Mr. Trump has denied any collusion and obstructing justice, deriding the probe as a "witch hunt".

"I have a pretty good idea because I've seen all the documents they have, we've debriefed all their witnesses".

The June 27, 2017, letter was written by Marc Kasowitz, then the president's lead lawyer, as Mueller and his team were in the early stages of their investigation into Trump associates and as they had begun examining whether the president, by firing Comey, had sought to stymie an FBI investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

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"We have not", Giuliani said. Asked Sunday on ABC's "This Week" whether he has now determined there would be no interview, he said, "We have not (but) we're close to determining that".

The letter, obtained by the Associated Press, underscores the intense effort by Trump's legal team over the a year ago to tarnish Comey's reputation and pit the president's word against that of the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Two sources familiar with Cohen's thinking say he has "hit the reset button" and is continuing his commitment to speak the "real truth".

Former top Federal Bureau of Investigation counterintelligence official Peter Strzok, who initially worked on the Russian Federation probe, has come under scrutiny for the series of anti-Trump texts he sent to former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page, with whom he was having an affair.

Mr. Strzok didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

"It's hard to believe that anymore", he said. And how could you expect us to just walk our client like lamb going to the slaughter.

"Simply accepting the denial of Mr. Putin is unsustainable", Cohen said.

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