President Donald Trump's lead attorney said Sunday that lawyers have put off a decision on an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller due to their concern about what the president sees as a corrupt and tainted probe. 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.
On ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, Giuliani told Stephanopoulos he and Trump were fine with Cohen's interview, and that he has "zero" concerns about what Cohen could tell authorities "as long as he tells the truth".
Giuliani, in an interview with CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union", also spoke about the latest preconditions he is demanding for an interview between the special counsel and President Donald Trump. But Giuliani insisted that Mueller must show a factual basis for the probe before the president considers meeting with him - especially if "they're trying to get him into a perjury trap". To let Trump talk would be leading "our client like a lamb going to the slaughter", Giuliani said.
Wehle pointed out that Mueller could subpoena Trump, forcing him to testify.
Stephanopoulos said he asked Cohen repeatedly if he was considering cooperating with prosecutors in their investigation. Trump, however, told NBC anchor Lester Holt days after he ousted Comey in May 2017 that he was thinking of "this Russian Federation thing" when he fired him. I think it's a sign of how confident the president is that he did nothing wrong. Seriously? Is that Trump and Giuliani definition of "truth"?
The new demands by Trump's legal team indicate that it is likely to take a more aggressive and combative stance toward Mueller going forward.
"We've been through everything on collusion and obstruction".
Giuliani used the interviews to question the integrity of the Mueller probe, which is tasked with investigating Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 election, and whether or not the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation. Kasowitz and Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow did not immediately return messages, and former Trump attorney John Dowd declined to comment. "We can't find an incriminating anything", Giuliani replied.
"One source said to me this is his version of July 4th, which is Independence Day", she continued.
"Simply accepting the denial of Mr. Putin is unsustainable", Cohen said.
"We're pretty much decided we are waiting for a decision of the counsel", Giuliani said, adding that there needs to be "some basis for investigation".