Giuliani: No Cohen concerns 'as long as he tells the truth'

Cliff Owen  Associated Press		James Comey

Cliff Owen Associated Press James Comey

President Donald Trump's attorney says they are unconcerned about anything the president's longtime personal lawyer could tell authorities.

Cohen, Trump's former attorney who once said he'd "take a bullet" and "do anything" to protect him, is under intensifying scrutiny from federal prosecutors investigating his business practices.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents raided Cohen's home, office and hotel room in NY in April as part of a probe into his business dealings.

Wehle told MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle on Monday that it would be "impossible" for Mueller to agree to Giuliani's demands.

Trump has often said he is ready for an interview in Mueller's 14-month probe, but Giuliani told CNN, "We'd like to know if there's any factual basis for the investigation originally or the developed one, because we can't find one". When Stephanopoulos confronted Giuliani about this, and said it was hard to believe Trump's own words given what Giuliani was saying, the president's attorney proceeded to attack the investigation as a whole.

"We certainly know that Robert Mueller is not corrupt." said Scarborough "We certainly know he is a marine, a war hero, a guy who [unlike] Donald Trump didn't skip out on serving this country, claiming deferments and bone spurs". He said Mueller is not now insisting on an interview with Mr. Trump.

Giuliani said he was not concerned by the interview.

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. "And my sources are telling me that he said that the truth is not you or your client's friend".

On CNN's "State of the Union", host Dana Bash asked if Giuliani was going back on his past comments that he didn't think Cohen would "flip" on Trump. "How many people will be sent to jail and persecuted on old and/or totally unrelated charges (there was no collusion and there was no obstruction of the no collusion)". 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. Cohen gave an interview to ABC last week in which he signaled he might be willing to cooperate.

Giuliani acknowledged the White House not agreeing to an interview with a member of Trump's staff was new, given that other key staffers, including Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, have spoken with investigators.

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

"As long as he tells the truth", said Mr. Giuliani, "We're home free". "I respect our nation's intelligence agencies' ... unanimous conclusions".

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