Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, has said that there is a possibility Trump talked to his former lawyer Michael Cohen, prior to his testimony in Congress.
“Which would be perfectly normal,” Giuliani said on “State of the Union”, as reported by The Hill. “So what?”
“As far as I know, President Trump did not have discussions with him,” Giuliani added. “Certainly, no discussions with him in which he told him or counseled him to lie.”
According to BuzzFeed News, the President advised Cohen to lie to Congress regarding an agreement to construct a Trump Tower in Russia. According to the outlet, the office of special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly had proof to support the allegations but the accuracy of the report was disputed, with claims that the “characterization … is not accurate.”
It is not clear which parts of the story Mueller’s office disputed, and BuzzFeed stands by its reporting.
Trump’s attorney, however, claims that the story BuzzFeed published was “phony” and “scandalous … fake news.”
However, he said although he had no knowledge of such conversations, the President may have discussed Cohen’s testimony with him without directing him to lie.
“If he had any discussions with him, they’d be about the version of the events that Michael Cohen gave them which they all believe was true,” Giuliani said.
“I can tell you his counsel to Michael Cohen throughout that entire period was, ‘Tell the truth’. We thought he was telling the truth. I still believe he may have been telling the truth when he testified before Congress,” he told host Chuck Todd.