Rudy Giuliani: ‘Categorically False’ that the ‘President Counseled Michael Cohen to Lie’
Rudy Giuliani is flatly denying claims that President Donald Trump directed Micahel Cohen to lie to Congress. This is the clearest denial since the Buzzfeed News report was published Thursday night.
In a statement first reported by CNN, Giuliani claims:
“Any suggestion from my source that the president counseled Michael Cohen to lie is categorically false. Michael Cohen is a convicted criminal and a liar. To quote the prosecutors, he has traded on a pattern of lies and dishonesty over an extended period of time, and for that he is going to pay a very, very serious price. Today’s claims are just more made-up lies born of Michael Cohen’s malice and desperation, in an effort to reduce his sentence.”
Since Thursday night’s bombshell report that President Trump allegedly directed his former
attorney Cohen to lie to Congress about a potential Trump Tower Moscow, Trump surrogates have replied with the classic non-denial denial.
Giuliani first responded Thursday night saying, “If you believe Cohen I can get you a great deal on the Brooklyn Bridge.”
White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley appeared on Fox News America’s Newsroom and notably, did not deny Bill Hemmer’s direct question if Trump directed Cohen to lie, instead of dismissing what he saw as the absurdity of the question.
Similarly, Kellyanne Conway parried the softest of all softballs tossed to her by FBN’s Charles Payne, citing a false report from Fox New’s Kevin Corke that “characterized Michael Cohen’s past testimony and also talking about some problems that he’s had testifying under oath,” before adding“I’m going to leave it at that because I come here every day to work on policy.”
So roughly 14 hours after the initial BuzzFeed News report, we finally have a denial from Trump’s attorney.
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