Rudy Giuliani: 'Collusion Is Not A Crime'

Michael Cohen and Allen Weisselberg

President Trump on Friday issued a fresh rebuttal against his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, maintaining that he did not know in advance about a June 2016 meeting in which Russians had promised to provide dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani did a marathon circuit on the Sunday shows, showing his face on multiple networks to convince viewers that Michael Cohen is untrustworthy in an attempt to undermine his credibility before he inflicts more damage on President Donald Trump.

Reports that Mr. Trump's former fixer will tell special counsel Robert Mueller that a 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower was approved by the billionaire does not shock the "Fox News Sunday" host.

Rivera said Cohen was somewhat of a "consigliere" to Trump, in that he was the "one key person we tell all of our life story to".

Rudy Giuliani, one of the president's personal attorneys in the Russian Federation investigation, jumped on that when he began responding to the CNN report: Not only does Cohen not have anything to back up his story, and not only is he in a serious jam with federal investigators in New York City, but he also doesn't tell the truth about anything - he's the "liar in chief", as Giuliani told NPR.

Trump Jr. famously replied: "I$3 f it's what you say I love it".

Senior Advisor Jared Kushner leaves after a jobs creation pledge event in the East Room of the White House July 19, 2018 in Washington, DC.

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In a statement to CNN anchor Jake Tapper, a source close to Cohen denied Giuliani's claim, saying, "You mean Rudy is floating reckless, fact-free, false, wild speculation as if he were unhinged?"

Giuliani said Trump could make a decision this week or next on whether to sit for an interview.

Michael Cohen was not present at the Trump Tower meeting and has yet to offer any evidence to support his claim that Trump knew about it in advance.

Trump is seen with former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal over a decade ago. She was ultimately paid $150,000 by the publisher of a Trump-friendly tabloid, but her story was never published, a technique known as "catch-and-kill". The Trump-Cohen discussion was essentially about reimbursing that company, run by David Pecker, a friend of Trump, to acquire the rights.

The president's lawyers, Giuliani said, want their client to answer questions only on collusion - which he denies - and not obstruction of justice, which Mueller is investigating. Cohen is facing a federal criminal investigation as well as legal scrutiny for NY taxicab companies he owns. Cohen reportedly says Trump greenlit the meeting. Don't impeach; vote Republican because they'll impeach.

"I wish these guys could put down their arms, recognize the longevity of their relationship and stop the backbiting and the infighting", Scaramucci said. "Ultimately Donald Trump is going to be done in by the truth".

There has been some speculation that Cohen may be angling for a pardon from Trump, who has begun wielding - and discussing - the presidential power frequently of late.

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