Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, an attorney of President Donald Trump, took shots at former President Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s credibility, describing him as a “pathological manipulator” and “liar.”
“We have complained” to Cohen’s lawyers that “he’s violated the attorney-client privilege, publicly and privately,” Giuliani told ABC News on Saturday. Cohen, he said, is in “grave danger of being disbarred.”
“Here’s what happened: I found out, as everyone did, that he was surreptitiously recording his clients, which is a disbarrable offense,” Giuliani also told Fox News on Sunday. “Obviously, if I knew that I never would have said he was a reputable lawyer, I’d have said he was a scoundrel.”
By recording his then-client, Trump, Cohen “destroyed himself as a witness” in federal investigations. His comments come in light of reports that he could cooperate with federal prosecutors.
“I’ve prosecuted 5,000 cases. I’d never prosecute a case on this guy’s testimony,” Giuliani added. “He’s contradicted himself so many times, you’d begin the cross-examination by saying ‘which lies are you going to tell us today, Michael?'”
Audio recordings seized from Cohen by the FBI during an April raid were handed over to federal prosecutors, according to reports at the time.
Giuliani, in a separate interview with Fox News on Saturday, said the secretly recorded tape was “played” with. “Since we don’t have the original, we asked for it,” the former NYC mayor added. “Our expert analysis is done until we get the raw copy, which we are seeking.”
On Sunday morning, Trump resurfaced an old tweet from Cohen in 2017 that showed him praising Donald Trump Jr. for his transparency regarding a meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower. “Do you think the Fake News Media will ever report on this tweet from Michael?” the president questioned.
“So proud of @DonaldJTrumpJr for being open, honest and transparent to the American people. This nonsense needs to stop!” Cohen, who was Trump’s lawyer at the time, wrote on July 11, 2017, which is the same day Trump Jr. shared emails about the meeting ahead of a New York Times report that was in the works.
And on Friday, Trump wrote that Cohen is “trying to make up stories in order to get himself out of an unrelated jam (Taxi cabs maybe?),” adding that he “even retained Bill and Crooked Hillary’s lawyer,” Lanny Davis. “Gee, I wonder if they helped him make the choice!” he added.
Before, Trump blasted his former attorney for the secret recordings, suggesting that doing so might have been illegal.