Michael Cohen's lawyer problems cryptic warning to Giuliani and Trump
The lawyer representing President Trump&rsquos former individual lawyer Michael Cohen issued a cryptic warning to the president and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani this week, in apparent reference to what his client could share with federal prosecutors.
Cohen, who is under criminal investigation as part of a federal grand jury probe into his private organization dealings, retained former White Home specific counsel Lanny Davis last week to represent him.
Davis, who served beneath former President Bill Clinton, seemingly challenged Giuliani on Monday for saying his client must tell the truth.
&ldquoDid @rudygiuliani genuinely say on Sunday shows that @michaelcohen212 ought to cooperate with prosecutors and tell the truth? Seriously? Is that Trump and Giuliani definition of ‘truth’? Trump/Giuliani next to the word ‘truth’ = oxymoron. Keep tuned. #thetruthmatters,&rdquo Davis tweeted.
Davis&rsquo warning came following Giuliani, who joined Trump&rsquos legal team in April, stated Cohen &ldquoshould cooperate&rdquo with prosecutors.
&ldquoWe have no purpose to believe he did anything incorrect. The president did nothing wrong,&rdquo Giuliani mentioned on ABC’s "This Week."
When Giuliani was asked whether he was concerned about what Cohen may inform federal prosecutors, Giuliani said: &ldquoZero. None.&rdquo
Speculation is widespread about what the pressure on Cohen could imply for the special counsel probe into Russian meddling and potential collusion with the Trump campaign in 2016.
It is unclear regardless of whether Cohen in fact has any details about alleged criminal wrongdoing by Trump or his campaign associates that could assist Special Counsel Robert Mueller&rsquos investigation. Trump has denied wrongdoing and repeatedly blasted the probe as a &ldquowitch hunt.&rdquo Trump has also publicly stated Cohen would not make up &ldquostories&rdquo and &ldquoflip.&rdquo
But Cohen, who was Trump&rsquos self-described fixer and a crucial player in the Trump Organization for much more than a decade, is seemingly making efforts to distance himself from the president.
Cohen, who was as soon as quoted as saying he would &ldquotake a bullet&rdquo for Trump, gave an interview to ABC News last week saying that his personal loved ones has his &ldquofirst loyalty.&rdquo Cohen also parted with Trump on his criticism of the FBI.
&ldquoMy wife, my daughter and my son have my initial loyalty and usually will,&rdquo Cohen told ABC at a Manhattan hotel final week. &ldquoI place loved ones and country 1st.&rdquo
ABC News&rsquo George Stephanopoulos asked Cohen how he would respond if the president or his legal group came following him and attempted to discredit the operate he did for Trump over the last decade.
&ldquoI will not be a punching bag as part of anyone&rsquos defense strategy,&rdquo Cohen was quoted as saying. &ldquoI am not a villain of this story, and I will not enable other folks to attempt to depict me that way.&rdquo
Cohen also mentioned he did not agree &ldquowith those who demonize or vilify the FBI. I respect the FBI as an institution, as nicely as their agents.&rdquo He reportedly said he doesn&rsquot &ldquolike the term witch hunt.&rdquo
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Part of the investigation into Cohen includes the $130,000 &ldquohush funds&rdquo payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels in the weeks leading up to the 2016 presidential election in exchange for her silence about an alleged a single-time sexual encounter with Trump. Cohen, in the previous, has said the payment was created on his own initiative, but in the ABC News interview, Cohen stated he couldn&rsquot comment on guidance of his lawyer.
"I want to answer. A single day I will answer," he was quoted as saying.
Cohen hired Davis just days after the interview.
&ldquoLike most of America, I have been following the matter with regards to Michael Cohen with great interest. As an attorney, I have talked to Michael a lot of times in the last two weeks,&rdquo Davis said in a statement to Fox News after being retained. &ldquoThen I read his words published on July 2, I recognized his sincerity. Michael Cohen deserves to inform his side of the story&mdashsubject, of course, to the guidance of counsel.&rdquo
Davis, days later, slammed the &ldquohigh interest&rdquo in his representation of Cohen.
&ldquoWhy is my representing @MichaelCohen212 as attorney of such higher interest? Not about me. It&rsquos about a nation&rsquos yearning for truth. And Michael Cohen has mentioned it&rsquos time for him to speak the truth and place his family and Nation 1st. I am glad to support him,&rdquo Davis tweeted last week.
Davis suggested on &ldquoFox News Sunday&rdquo back in May that Giuliani need to be replaced on Trump&rsquos legal group. Giuliani nonetheless represents the president.
Fox News&rsquo Judson Berger, Howard Kurtz, Kristin Brown and The Related Press contributed to this report.
Published at Tue, ten Jul 2018 15:40:00 +0000