Giuliani: No Cohen Concerns 'As Long As He Tells The Truth'

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Asked whether they had made a decision on whether or not Trump should participate in an interview with the inquiry, he replied: "We have not determined he will not sit down with Mueller, but we are close to that".

While he wouldn't tell Stephanopoulos if he would cooperate with prosecutors, he also didn't dampen such speculation, taking issue with some of Trump's criticisms of the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation and even going out of his way to praise the FBI.

"Michael Cohen should cooperate with the government", Giuliani said.

The investigation, headed by former FBI director Robert Mueller, has widely been expected to wind up in the next few months - possibly after a Mueller interview with Trump - but Giuliani said such a meeting now seemed increasingly unlikely. Giuliani said Sunday, "I don't know what he has to flip".

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. He also told Vanity Fair, "I'm the guy who would take a bullet for the president", adding, "I'd never walk away".

Michael Cohen's new attorney came out firing Monday against President Donald Trump and his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, challenging Giuliani over a recent interview and claiming the president and his lawyer together calling for the truth was an "oxymoron".

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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. According to a filing submitted to the court Tuesday night by special master Barbara Jones, federal prosecutors investigating Michael Cohen, a longtime personal lawyer and confidante for President Donald Trump, are set to receive 1 million files from three of his cellphones that were seized last month. But in the ABC interview, he said he couldn't comment on advice of his lawyer. "One day I will answer", he said. 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.

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.

Petrillo did not immediately respond to a request for comment. "Sorry, I don't see Michael doing that despite the awful Witch Hunt and the dishonest media!"

"If you link them all together, you can see that Cohen is not anyone's punching bag", one source said.

He also told ABC he did not agree with Trump's recent tweet repeating Vladimir Putin's claim that Russian Federation did not interfere in the election. "I respect our nation's intelligence agencies' ... unanimous conclusions".

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