Cohen's attorney fires back at Giuliani

Rudy Giuliani Donald Trump and Robert Mueller

Rudy Giuliani Donald Trump and Robert Mueller

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.

Cohen, Trump's former attorney who once said he'd "take a bullet" and "do anything" to protect him, is under intensifying scrutiny from federal prosecutors investigating his business practices.

Additionally two sources close to Michael Cohen have told Gloria Borger that Cohen has a very clear message for President Trump and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani: "The truth is not you or your client's friend".

Giuliani says Cohen "should cooperate with the government".

"We have not", Giuliani said.

"I have advised the president, which he understands: no discussion of pardons", Giuliani said in an appearance on ABC News' "This Week". He said Mueller is not now insisting on an interview with Mr. Trump.

Host Chuck Todd asked if Giuliani wanted Cohen to cooperate with investigators, and Giuliani responded: "Yes". But he also did nothing to dampen such speculation, taking issue with some of Trump's criticisms of the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation and even going out of his way to praise the FBI. I think it's a sign of how confident the president is that he did nothing wrong.

Donald Trump walks with former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani (L) through the new Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC.

"One source said to me this is his version of July 4th, which is Independence Day", she continued. "What I said was they have to give us a factual basis, meaning some suspicion of a crime".

On NBC's Meet the Press, Giuliani said he doesn't think Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, is personally biased or corrupt, but that "he's surrounded by biased people" he failed to vet properly, including Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok, whose anti-Trump text exchanges from 2016 fed Republican allegations of bias.

Giuliani made the rounds on the Sunday talk shows to press his case that Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling and any collusion by Trump's campaign associates was corrupt.

Bolduan asked if there's any signal that Cohen is now cooperating with prosecutors. Mr. Cohen has denied any wrongdoing.

"We're pretty much decided we are waiting for a decision of the counsel", Giuliani said, adding that there needs to be "some basis for investigation".

Cohen also defended the Mueller investigation as a whole, saying, "I respect our nation's intelligence agencies'".

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