Friday 24 January 2020

Giuliani says Cohen will 'flip' and tell tales on the US president

Rudy Giuliani (Andrew Harnik/AP)
Rudy Giuliani (Andrew Harnik/AP)

Three weeks ago, Donald Trump lawyer Rudolph Giuliani was asked if he was concerned that Trump's longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, might 'flip' and tell tales on the president.

"I have no concerns that Michael Cohen is going to do anything but tell the truth, and if he does, as I said, there's no suggestion that anything happened," Giuliani said then.

Now with Cohen reportedly prepared to flip on Trump, Giuliani is singing a different tune about a man he once called an "honest, honourable lawyer".

"This guy is a proven liar," Giuliani told CNN on Thursday. "A year ago, when I wasn't Trump's lawyer, people told me this guy will flip because he is an inherent, pathological liar."

The sudden focus on discrediting Trump's longtime lawyer suggests the investigations into Cohen and Russian election interference could come down, in part, to Cohen's credibility. Or at least Trump's lawyer seems to think so.

Cohen did not say Trump had advance knowledge of a June 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya before the House Intelligence Committee in 2017. And both Trump and Trump Jr have repeatedly denied that Trump knew about the meeting before it happened.

"It was such a nothing, there was nothing to tell," Trump Jr told Sean Hannity on Fox News in July 2017, denying any mention of the meeting to candidate Donald Trump.

Less than an hour after the interview aired, none other than Michael Cohen weighed in on Twitter.

"So proud of Donald Trump Jr for being open, honest and transparent to the American people," Cohen tweeted. "This nonsense needs to stop!"

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