Friday, 20 July, 2018

Did Trump ever want to sit down with Mueller?

Trump lawyers call Comey 'Machiavellian' in note to Mueller Rudy Giuliani says Michael Cohen should cooperate with federal investigators
Faye Gross | 10 July, 2018, 03:23

Additionally two sources close to Michael Cohen have told Gloria Borger that Cohen has a very clear message for President Trump and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani: "The truth is not you or your client's friend".

Giuliani's round of the Sunday TV political talk shows is the latest sign that the core Trump team has chose to abandon their earlier approach of being seen to cooperate with the Russian Federation investigation, and move towards an antagonistic position.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents raided Cohen's home, office and hotel room in NY in April as part of a probe into his business dealings.

In an earlier interview with ABC News's George Stephanopolous, Cohen said his primary loyalty was to his family and to the United States, a notable change from earlier statements that indicated he would protect Trump above all others. Giuliani's warning him implicitly here that they're going to go after him hammer and tongs if he tries to implicate Trump in anything, which should go without saying but somehow feels more menacing once it's been said.

"We would not recommend an interview for the president unless they can satisfy us that there is some basis for this investigation", Mr. Giuliani said on NBC, a hardening of the White House's stance after months of negotiations on the terms under which the president would agree to testify.

"Cohen also told ABC that he believes the intelligence assessment that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election to help Trump".

Lawyers for President Donald Trump unleashed a blistering attack on former FBI Director James Comey in a confidential memo previous year to the special counsel, casting him as "Machiavellian", dishonest and "unbounded by law and regulation" as they sought to undermine the credibility of a law enforcement leader they see as a critical witness against the president. "I put family and country first".

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Prosecutors also want to bar Manafort from introducing evidence that he was previously investigated but not charged before Mueller was appointed in May 2017.

"I'm not going to weigh in to this issue and I refer you to outside counsel", she said.

Speaking on Sunday, Giuliani seemed unfazed by the recent developments - noting that Cohen "should cooperate with the government".

Davis, who served as special counsel to President Bill Clinton, joined the legal team of Cohen last week alongside former federal prosecutor Guy Petrillo.

"Mr. Comey continued his Machiavellian behavior after President Trump was elected", Kasowitz wrote. "We can't find an incriminating anything, and we need a basis for this investigation". And - here's a fun thought for POTUS - Michael Cohen might have access to the detonator. It was the first in a series of conversations that Comey documented in writing, something Trump lawyers say he did with the ultimate goal of harming the president.

Trump and his advisers have hammered at the notion that several members of Mueller's team are affiliated with the Democratic Party and can not be objective.

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