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Giuliani calls Cohen ‘pathological liar’, may create problem for Trump



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  • Rudy Giuliani called Michael Cohen a “pathological
    liar” in a heated CNN interview.
  • It came after Cohen reportedly said Trump approved an
    infamous meeting between campaign staff and Russians during the
    2016 campaign.
  • Calling Cohen a “pathological” liar suggests that he
    did it all the time — including when he worked for Trump in the
  • That would create another headache Trump’s defense
  • Giuliani went for Cohen during the interview, calling
    him “an incredible liar, who has a tremendous motive to

Rudy Giuliani called Michael Cohen a “pathological liar” in a
heated respond to reports that Cohen had claimed that Donald
Trump personally approved a meeting between his campaign staff
and representatives of Russia.

However, the fierce criticism could create a new legal problem
for Trump, given that Cohen worked as his personal lawyer for 11

Giuliani’s comments came after Cohen reportedly
claimed that he was there when Donald Trump Jr. informed Trump of
a Russian offer to share dirt on Hillary Clinton

Trump then approved a meeting taking place,
CNN reported
on Thursday night, citing sources with knowledge
of the matter.

Cohen is reportedly willing to make those claims to Special
Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating the Trump campaign’s
ties to Russia.

Giuliani, Trump’s defense lawyer, launched a barrage of personal
attacks on Cohen in response, calling him a “pathological liar”
and “an incredible liar, who has a tremendous motive to lie
because he’s got nothing to give.”

You can watch Giuliani’s comments here:

He told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Thursday night: “I expected
something like this from Cohen. He’s been lying all week. He’s
been lying for years.

“The tapes that we have demonstrate any number of very serious
lies by him back a year and a half ago.”

“There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s just not credible. I would
not accept him in a case as a witness, as a prosecutor,” he added

“This is the kind of witness that can really destroy your whole
case, because any finder of fact loses confidence in the case
when you rely on a guy like this. When you rely on a guy where,
before you’re finished with this, you’re going to have such a
string of lies you just can’t trust him.”

But in calling Cohen a liar, Giuliani may have created another
legal problem for Trump — by effectively asserting that Cohen had
been lying for Trump while still working for him. Cohen worked
for Trump from 2007 — at the time
fighting the then-real estate mogul’s legal battles
with his
residents — until just a few months ago.

Rep. Eric Swalwell, the top Democrat for the CIA on the House
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told
CNN on Thursday
: “Rudy Giuliani described him [Cohen] as a
proven liar but all of his lies in the past were on behalf of
Donald Trump.”

Michael Cohen and Donald Trump
Michael Cohen could flip
on Trump.

Drew Angerer/Getty Images;
Sean Gallup/Getty Images; Jenny Cheng/Business

Giuliani added in his Thursday interview that he didn’t “see how
he [Cohen] has any credibility,” referring to Cohen’s lawyer’s

releasing a tape earlier this week
of what appeared to be a
secretly recorded conversation between Cohen and Trump.

In the tape, the two men discuss how to buy the rights to a
former Playboy model’s story of her affair with Trump.

Cohen is the third Trump associate to suggest the president knew
more about the 2016 meeting in Trump Tower than he’s letting on.

Giuliani previously told Business
he “would be surprised” if Trump knew about the
meeting at the time that it happened. But he also left open the
possibility that Trump might have known but later forgot about

The Thursday report of Cohen’s claims is further proof that Cohen
could flip on Trump in the Mueller investigation — which would be
a nightmare for Trump’s legal team.

“Anyone that takes care of problems and buries the bodies is not
someone you want to testify against you,” former Justice
Department prosecutor Jeffrey Cramer
previously told Business Insider’s Sonam Sheth

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