Monday, 24 September, 2018

Rudy Giuliani says Michael Cohen should cooperate with federal investigators

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Deanna Wagner | 09 July, 2018, 15:42

He repeated previous denials that he had any involvement with Russian attempts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, but he refused to criticize the investigation led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller. The New York Times noted Friday that Trump has tweeted about a "witch hunt" 59 times since March alone, compared to 20 times in all of 2017.

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

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.

The special counsel investigation was established by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to handle the FBI's Russian Federation investigation, which began in 2016, after Mr. Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.

Cohen, who worked for Trump over the past decade, is the focus of an investigation in the Southern District of NY into whether he violated campaign-finance laws or committed bank fraud, wire fraud, illegal lobbying, or other crimes. That timeline has now passed, and the president is set to leave on Tuesday on a seven-day trip.

On ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, Giuliani stressed that he wasn't anxious about testimony that Cohen might give. "To subpoena the president has never been done successfully in the history of this country, and there is very strong law saying the president can't be subpoenaed", he said.

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Giuliani says Cohen "should cooperate with the government". "We've debriefed all their witnesses".

"The reality is that there are biases that have to explored surrounding Mueller", Giuliani said.

"Well, it is hard to believe given all the things that have been shown about how tainted this investigation is", Giuliani replied. He added: "This is the most corrupt investigation I have ever seen". In a closed-door interview last month with members of the House Oversight and Judiciary committees, Mr. Strzok said his text messages were simply communications between friends that weren't indicative of the direction of the FBI's work.

Lawyers for Comey declined to comment Saturday, as did Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller. And how could you expect us to just walk our client like lamb going to the slaughter.

Rudy Giuliani told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" Sunday that he has "zero" concerns about Cohen, who once described himself as "the guy who would take a bullet" for Trump. Mr. Cohen has denied any wrongdoing.

"We have no reason to believe he did anything wrong", the former New York City mayor said of Cohen.