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White House close to refusing interview with Russian Federation investigation

White House close to refusing interview with Russian Federation investigation

Rudolph Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, said Sunday that he has counseled the president against granting a pardon to his longtime fixer Michael Cohen, at least for now.

According to NPR, Guiliani said in an interview that Cohen should cooperate with prosecutors, and that "as long as he tells the truth" there would be no negative effect for Trump.

In an earlier interview with ABC News's George Stephanopolous, Cohen said his primary loyalty was to his family and to the United States, a notable change from earlier statements that indicated he would protect Trump above all others.

"Michael's not going to lie, he's going to tell the truth".

Former federal prosecutor and Fox News contributor Andy McCarthy said Giuliani is implementing a smart strategy because the Mueller probe has always been about public opinion, and a new Washington Post-Schar School poll shows Americans are increasingly disapproving of the way Mueller has handled the Russian Federation probe.

It wrote that Trump will only agree to it if Mueller "has evidence that Mr. Trump committed a crime and that his testimony is essential to completing the investigation". First, he's been dropping increasingly heavy hints lately that he'll have no choice but to cooperate with prosecutors if someone (hint, hint) doesn't pay for his legal defense, which the Trump family had been kind enough to contribute to - until recently.

Giuliani contended that Mueller would not be pressing to interview Trump "if they had anything" against the president, although it is not known what evidence he may have collected.

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"I have a pretty good idea because I have seen all the documents that they have", Mr. Giuliani said on CNN, adding the investigation had produced 1.4 million documents.

Giuliani said Sunday, "I don't know what he has to flip".

Joe Scarborough laced into Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani on Monday's "Morning Joe" in a rant that included a lengthy list of some of his clients' biggest scandals. When pressed, Guiliani maintained there was no wrongdoing by the president, and that the truth could therefore not harm him. "Or is there a factual basis for this?"

He said that the president would not agree to be interviewed as part of the Mueller probe unless the special counsel "can satisfy us that there's some basis for this investigation".

"We've been through everything on collusion and obstruction", he said. "If they want information on Trump, he's willing to give it".

Cohen's attorney, however, urged the president and his lawyers to buckle up. Cohen's going to face the full firepower of the armed and operational Trump-crony battle station if he rolls over.