Rudy Giuliani said Sunday that President Donald Trump would only submit to an interview with Robert Mueller if the special counsel could show a "factual basis" for the Russian Federation investigation, which he characterized as corrupt.
In an interview last week with Stephanopoulos, Cohen acknowledged that he soon could face criminal charges in an ongoing Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of his finances and business dealings. Cohen recently told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that he is putting "family and country first" and protecting the president is not his priority.
"I have no concern that Michael Cohen is going to do anything but tell the truth", Giuliani said.
Davis appears to have taken an approach similar to that of Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Stormy Daniels who often uses social media to blast Trump, as well as Cohen, and numerous president's supporters.
In fact, various Trump allies have already begun laying that groundwork in interviews, reminding the audience that anyone under investigation who'd snitch on a friend to prosecutors might be (must be?) lying to try to secure a better deal for himself.
All this comes as Cohen, a man who once said he would take a bullet for the president, has signaled an increasing willingness to cooperate with the special counsel.
Giuliani said Sunday, "I don't know what he has to flip".
The special counsel is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election, whether Mr. Trump's campaign colluded with the Kremlin and whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice in his subsequent actions.
"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". "Or is there a factual basis for this?" The AP obtained a copy of the other document, in addition to a two-page memo from September in which Trump lawyers lament to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that Mueller was "inexplicably" not investigating Comey's "misconduct" they had earlier raised.
But some analysts have drawn comparisons between Cohen's story and that of former Trump aide Michael Flynn, who was charged by Mueller's team previous year. Cohen told the New York Times he paid adult actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 out of his personal account to keep her from revealing details of her alleged affair with the president.
Mr. Giuliani, a former mayor of New York City, repeatedly suggested many on Mr. Mueller's team were politically motivated against Mr. Trump. Cohen's going to face the full firepower of the armed and operational Trump-crony battle station if he rolls over.