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Giuliani: ‘100 percent certain’ on Trump-Cohen

POLITICO logo POLITICO 1/20/2019 By David Cohen
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Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s attorney, said Sunday he is “100 percent certain” that Trump never asked Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.

Speaking about the president to Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Giuliani said “to answer your question, categorically, I can tell you his counsel to Michael Cohen throughout that entire period was, ‘Tell the truth.’ We thought he was telling the truth. I still believe he may have been telling the truth when he testified before Congress.“

The Giuliani-Todd discussion was in relation to the bombshell from BuzzFeed that Cohen had stated that he had been ordered by the president to lie to Congress — and the subsequent statement by Mueller’s investigation rejecting that report as not accurate.

“There’s no evidence that the president told him to lie,” Giuliani said.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Rudy Giuliani said of Michael Cohen: “There’s no evidence that the president told him to lie.” © Drew Angerer/Getty Images Rudy Giuliani said of Michael Cohen: “There’s no evidence that the president told him to lie.” Giuliani also amplified his statement last week from an interview with Chris Cuomo in which he said it was possible there was some collusion with Russia by someone within the Trump 2016 campaign (though not Trump himself).

“If I'm saying there's no collusion on the campaign, of course I don't know everyone on the campaign. To my knowledge there's no collusion on the campaign,” he said.

“He asked me a question before that about well how would you know or, and I made it clear that I wouldn't know everything that happened,” Giuliani said, referring to CNN’s Cuomo.

“I represent the president, I know his knowledge directly talking to him. And I'm in a strange position of having been intimately involved in a large part of the campaign. I know what I know from that, no Russian collusion. But how do I know if somebody — I mean, like when [George] Papadopoulos came along, there was a big furor about how he might have been colluding with the Russians, turned out that he wasn't. At the time that that came up I wouldn't have known if he was or he wasn't.“

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