White House close to refusing interview with Russian Federation investigation
- Author: Tracy Klein Jul 11, 2018,
Jul 11, 2018, 2:58
President Donald Trump's legal team has reportedly set new conditions for any potential interview between the president and special counsel Robert Mueller's team.
Lanny Davis, who previously worked for President Bill Clinton's administration and has staunchly defended Hillary Clinton following her 2016 loss to Trump, went after Giuliani's call Sunday for Cohen to cooperate with federal prosecutors and to tell "the truth". The FBI raided his home, his office, and his hotel room in April, seizing roughly 4 million documents.
Rudolph Giuliani, President Trump's lawyer, has counseled the president against pardoning his longtime attorney and fixer Michael Cohen, at least for now. 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.
He also said Mr. Trump believes Mr. Cohen should cooperate with federal investigators.
Giuliani emphasized Cohen "telling the truth" on three separate occasions during the interview. Speculation has mounted that he might turn on Trump. I think it's a sign of how confident the president is that he did nothing wrong.
Mr. Giuliani, a former mayor of New York City, repeatedly suggested many on Mr. Mueller's team were politically motivated against Mr. Trump.
The president's lawyers specifically want Mueller to explain how the Justice Department gave him the authority to investigation possible obstruction of justice in what was initially a probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to the Times.
Bolduan asked if there's any signal that Cohen is now cooperating with prosecutors.
"The New York Times reported that President Trump won't agree to an interview with Robert Mueller unless Mueller first proves he has evidence that President Trump committed a crime".
"I will not be a punching bag as part of anyone's defense strategy", Cohen said. My quote is not evidence of a crime, it's a factual basis for the investigation. Kasowitz and Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow did not immediately return messages, and former Trump attorney John Dowd declined to comment.
Former federal prosecutor and Fox News contributor Andy McCarthy said Giuliani is implementing a smart strategy because the Mueller probe has always been about public opinion, and a new Washington Post-Schar School poll shows Americans are increasingly disapproving of the way Mueller has handled the Russian Federation probe. Mr. Cohen has denied any wrongdoing.