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Giuliani advises Trump not to pardon Cohen

In memo to special counsel Trump lawyers cast former FBI Director Comey as dishonest and 'Machiavellian' Giuliani advises Trump not to pardon Cohen
Charlie Simmons | 11 July, 2018, 03:58

President Donald Trump's attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, said that he encourages the president's former attorney, Michael Cohen, to talk to Robert Mueller's investigators regarding their investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Giuliani told ABC's "This Week" that Trump "did not originally know" about the $130,000 payment to Daniels, but it was "probably a little foggy as to exactly when the president found out" and reimbursed his former lawyer.

"I mean, Michael Cohen should - should cooperate with the government". "Now, a source familiar with Cohen's thinking tells me that he feels that he's getting a strong signal from the president and from Rudy Giuliani that if his version of the truth doesn't coincide with their version of the truth, then they will continue their attacks on him". The reality is, as a prosecutor, I was told that many times, 'can you give the man a break, ' either by his lawyers, by his relatives, by his friends.

"If he wants to cooperate, I think it's great", Giuliani said. Tell me we have something to hide.

Davis, who worked as President Clinton's special counsel in the late 1990s, was hired by Cohen last week.

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Politico's Josh Gerstein was the first to point out the discrepancy between Giuliani's comments and Trump's denial.

In recent weeks, Cohen has made a number of moves indicating that he's willing to turn against the president if federal investigators from the Southern District of NY or the FBI want him to.

Giuliani said in a separate interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" that they had "pretty much decided" where they were with regard to an interview. "The president did nothing wrong with him".

A tweet from Davis on Monday implies that Guiliani wasn't talking about the actual truth, but a version of the story that would benefit the president, and that neither Trump nor Guiliani have what could be called a close relationship with "truth" by any definition. 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.

In April, Trump said he did not believe Cohen would cooperate with investigators.

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