Trump lawyers called Comey 'Machiavellian' in note to Mueller

Trump lawyers call Comey 'Machiavellian' in note to Mueller

Rudy Giuliani says Michael Cohen should cooperate with federal investigators

Rudy Giuliani said he wants Special Counsel Robert Mueller to produce evidence that President Trump has committed a crime before they agree on the president being interviewed.

Last week, Cohen, who once said he would "take a bullet" for Trump, broke his silence and told ABC's George Stephanopoulos he is putting "family and country first".

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.

Rudy Giuliani, the former NY mayor and Trump's lead attorney, told ABC News and CNN that Trump's lawyers want evidence from Mueller's investigators that Trump engaged in wrongdoing before agreeing to let him be questioned.

According to these same sources, Cohen feels that the president and Giuliani are sending him a veiled threat and will continue to call his honesty into question if he opposes them.

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"We have no reason to believe he did anything wrong", Giuliani said.

The New York Times, which first reported on the new demands, reported that Giuliani has acknowledged that Mueller is unlikely to agree to them, and also left open the possibility that Trump may still agree to be interviewed. He said Mueller is not now insisting on an interview with Mr. Trump.

These sources would not comment on whether Cohen's attorney, Guy Petrillo, has been meeting with prosecutors in NY and referred inquiries about any potential case to Petrillo.

"Mueller hired originally as his chief investigator a man that has some kind of vicious bias against Donald Trump", Giuliani said, referring to Strzok.

Kasowitz says Comey stonewalled the president's request to clear his name in order to "sustain an investigative cloud" over his head that would make it hard for Trump to fire him.

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Mr. Giuliani, a former mayor of New York City, repeatedly suggested many on Mr. Mueller's team were politically motivated against Mr. Trump.

Mr. Trump has denied any collusion and obstructing justice, deriding the probe as a "witch hunt".

On CNN's State of the Union, Giuliani said that if Mueller issued a subpoena to compel Trump to testify, his legal team believes it could be quashed.

Giuliani said as much Sunday.

In a Fox News interview a year ago, Mr. Cohen declared: "I will do anything to protect Mr. Trump". My quote is not evidence of a crime, it's a factual basis for the investigation.

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"I don't know what he has to flip over", Giuliani said. "Michael's not going to lie, he's going to tell the truth, and as long as he does that we have nothing to fear", Giuliani said.

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