Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Giuliani says he's not anxious about Manafort or Cohen flipping

Giuliani says he's not anxious about Manafort or Cohen flipping

Giuliani added that the Trump team was not concerned about the fact that Trump's former "fixer" and personal lawyer Michael Cohen now appears to be cooperating with the investigation. "He has no evidence of, nor was he involved in anything untoward, with the president".

Cohen's home, office and a hotel room in NY were raided by the FBI in April as part of an investigation into his business dealings.

"Ending the joint defense agreement with POTUS and the Trump Organization makes no sense in the world where Michael Cohen is going to fight", he told Business Insider. 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.

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.

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Also Sunday, Giuliani said he believes that Trump didn't know at the time that Michael Cohen, his former personal lawyer, paid porn star Stormy Daniels to keep silent about an alleged affair with Trump. Cohen recently told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that he is putting "family and country first" and protecting the president is not his priority. "The president did nothing wrong with him".

Which brings us to the other half of the game Giuliani and others are playing: No "factual basis" will be accepted as valid because they've decided Mueller's probe is biased. I do know there's no evidence of wrongdoing with President Trump.

"Some, four of Donald Trump's hand-picked ex-advisers, one of his lawyers, one of his digital marketing strategists, 14 Russian nationalists, three Russian companies and five guilty pleas in all, all connected to Donald Trump, his campaign, his organization, the election of 2016", said Scarborough, and the list went on and on. The White House initially pointed as justification for the firing to a Justice Department memo that faulted Comey for his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, though Trump later said that "this Russian Federation thing" was on his mind when he made the move. What we're asking them for is: Is this the witch hunt that a lot of people think it is?

So if Giuliani's interviews are consistently exercises in deception, why should the networks continue to book him? What I said was they have to give us a factual basis, meaning some suspicion of a crime, ' he 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".

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