Michael Cohen Lawyer Lanny Davis Fires Back at Rudy Giuliani

In memo to special counsel Trump lawyers cast former FBI Director Comey as dishonest and 'Machiavellian'

Kim Wehle, a former assistant USA attorney and former associate prosecutor for the independent counsel in the Whitewater investigation, warned on Monday that the U.S.is on the "fast track to tyranny" if President Donald Trump refuses to testify in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. "And then how you could expect us to just walk our client like a lamb going to the slaughter?"

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.

Host Chuck Todd asked if Giuliani wanted Cohen to cooperate with investigators, and Giuliani responded: "Yes".

The same Times report that noted the pushback on an interview with Kelly said Trump's legal team demanded the special counsel's team prove it has evidence of Trump committing a crime and that it needs testimony from the President to conclude its probe before Trump would agree to an interview.

"If they can come to us and show us the basis and that it's legitimate and that they have uncovered something, we can go from there and assess their objectivity", Giuliani told the Times.

"I should also say that my sources will not reveal what it is exactly that Cohen knows, for example, and refer us to his attorney, who is not speaking publicly at all", she added.

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.

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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".

Cohen has not been charged with any crimes but is now under federal investigation in the Southern District of NY for possible bank fraud. Cohen switched up his legal team recently after his previous counsel completed an extensive review of documents seized from Cohen's home, office and Manhattan hotel room during an April raid.

As a former NY mayor, Giuliani has known Trump for years and was reportedly considered as a possible attorney general. "We can't find an incriminating anything and we need a basis for this investigation", Giuliani said on ABC's This Week.

Kasowitz says Comey stonewalled the president's request to clear his name in order to "sustain an investigative cloud" over his head that would make it hard for Trump to fire him.

Giuliani also said on ABC that he has counseled the president against granting a pardon to Cohen if such a scenario arose.

Information for this article was contributed by Mark Niquette of Bloomberg News and by Shane Harris of The Washington Post.

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