Rudy Giuliani said Sunday that President Donald Trump would only submit to an interview with Robert Mueller if the special counsel could show a "factual basis" for the Russian Federation investigation, which he characterized as corrupt.
A day after he tweeted "I will always protect my POTUS" in April, the FBI raided his home, office and hotel room as part of a probe by federal prosecutors in NY into his business dealings. Giuliani's warning him implicitly here that they're going to go after him hammer and tongs if he tries to implicate Trump in anything, which should go without saying but somehow feels more menacing once it's been said.
"We certainly know that Robert Mueller is not corrupt." said Scarborough "We certainly know he is a marine, a war hero, a guy who [unlike] Donald Trump didn't skip out on serving this country, claiming deferments and bone spurs".
Cohen's hiring of Davis, as well as his comments to ABC last week, increased speculation that Trump's former fixer was inching closer to cooperating with federal prosecutors rather than face serious charges stemming from his businesses and payments made to women, including Daniels, in order to secure their silence over alleged affairs.
In fact, various Trump allies have already begun laying that groundwork in interviews, reminding the audience that anyone under investigation who'd snitch on a friend to prosecutors might be (must be?) lying to try to secure a better deal for himself.
The sources made it clear that, in his interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC two weeks ago, Cohen carefully chose the areas to distinguish himself from the President: First, one source said, "why did (Cohen) say I respect the Federal Bureau of Investigation?".
"Mr. Comey continued his Machiavellian behavior after President Trump was elected", Kasowitz wrote. "Or is there a factual basis for this?"
As Trump continues to assert his willingness to speak with Mueller, his words are increasingly being undermined by his own legal team and one of its newer additions, Rudolph W. Giuliani.
"We're not asking to show us that he committed a crime", Giuliani said on "Meet the Press". "We can't find an incriminating anything", Giuliani replied. And - here's a fun thought for POTUS - Michael Cohen might have access to the detonator.
The Cohen interview was released on the same day that a former federal judge vetting material seized from him said in a court filing that over a million items were turned over to prosecutors after she determined they weren't protected by attorney-client privilege. The New York Times noted Friday that Trump has tweeted about a "witch hunt" 59 times since March alone, compared to 20 times in all of 2017.
Wehle pointed out that Mueller could subpoena Trump, forcing him to testify.