Rudy Giuliani: Anyone who believes 'pathetic' Cohen testimony is a 'fool'
Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday that one would have to be a "fool" to believe what the president's ex-personal attorney, Michael Cohen, will allege in testimony to House lawmakers.
"It's pathetic. This is a lawyer who tapped (sic) his own client when he claimed he was being loyal. If you believe him you are a fool," Giuliani, an attorney for President Trump, told The Washington Post.
"Let's see if these Democrats want to ask about his many crimes that have nothing to do with anyone but his coterie of business associates with questionable connections," he added.
- Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) February 27, 2019
Giuliani suggested Cohen "may be" tied to Russian organized crime and raised Cohen's father-in-law's past criminal conviction. The former New York City mayor has made similar comments before, prompting allegations of witness tampering.
Cohen is set to testify Wednesday to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.
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The longtime Trump Organization employee will allege that the president has a history of making racist remarks and of engaging directly in a scheme to pay off adult-film star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 campaign. Daniels alleges she had an affair with the president.
Cohen will also allege that the president knew ahead of time that Roger Stone, the politically connected Republican operative who worked as an informal adviser to Trump's presidential campaign, coordinated with WikiLeaks to dump a tranche of Democratic National Committee emails during the 2016 election.
Trump, who is in Vietnam meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, sought to distance himself from Cohen in a Wednesday morning tweet.
Trump and his allies have attacked his credibility, and the president has previously decried him as a "rat" and a "weak person."
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The Hill - Wednesday, February 27, 2019