Michael Cohen’s New Attorney Has Already Started Bashing Trump

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U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller asked a federal judge to block Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, from arguing at his trial in September that prosecutors are selectively targeting him for vindictive reasons.

Rudy Giuliani, the lawyer for President Trump, said Sunday that Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen "should cooperate with the government".

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.

Indications that Cohen is willing to flip have, in recent weeks, grown from rumors and whispers to Cohen's own words in an interview with George Stephanopoulos for ABC News, in which he declared his loyalty to family and country supersede loyalty to the Trump family. "I do not expect Michael Cohen is going to lie". "As long as he tells the truth, we're - we're - we're home free", Giuliani said.

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The Times reported that Giuliani said the White House would not agree to an interview between Trump and Mueller unless investigators can prove that they have evidence that Trump committed a crime as well as that such an interview is essential to concluding the probe.

He repeated previous denials that he had any involvement with Russian attempts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, but he refused to criticize the investigation led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller.

Prosecutors also want to bar Manafort from introducing evidence that he was previously investigated but not charged before Mueller was appointed in May 2017.

"I was probably there that day", he said a bit cryptically, adding, "I don't remember it".

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Mr. Trump has denied any collusion and obstructing justice, deriding the probe as a "witch hunt". He clarified on ABC that he wants to confirm that there is a "factual basis for the investigation".

"The fact that the polls are moving away from Mueller is telling", McCarthy said.

Cohen, 51, has scrubbed any mentions and photos from his Twitter profile that previously identified him as "Personal attorney to President Donald J. Trump" and, in what has been called a "warning shot", hired Lanny Davis, a close friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton, to join his legal team.

"It's our firm belief, and we think nothing contradicts this, the president did nothing wrong", he said. By demanding an unreasonable amount of information from Mueller and his team, Giuliani is trying to make the public believe that it is Mueller's fault that Trump is not voluntarily agreeing to meet with him. It was the first in a series of conversations that Comey documented in writing, something Trump lawyers say he did with the ultimate goal of harming the president.

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Cohen was Trump's self-described fixer and a key player in the Trump Organization for more than a decade, regularly berating reporters and threatening lawsuits against anyone who posed a challenge to his boss.