Giuliani Demands 'Factual Basis' for Mueller Probe Before Any Trump Interview

Cliff Owen  Associated Press		James Comey

The only legal risk for Mr. Trump, Giuliani told CBS News' Paula Reid, is lying to investigators, which Giuliani says could only be proven by a witness or document giving an alternate version of events.

A day after he tweeted "I will always protect my POTUS" in April, the FBI raided his home, office and hotel room as part of a probe by federal prosecutors in NY into his business dealings. Comey has said he told Trump about the dossier allegations because they were widely known in Washington, including by the media, and that he kept his memos because he was concerned that Trump might lie about their conversations.

While he wouldn't tell Stephanopoulos if he would cooperate with prosecutors, he also didn't 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.

"There is no evidence of wrongdoing with President Trump". "I put family and country first".

Cohen's decision to hire Davis and to speak publicly about the seemingly inevitable charges against him represent a huge shift in the narrative of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

All this comes as Cohen, a man who once said he would take a bullet for the president, has signaled an increasing willingness to cooperate with the special counsel.

"My wife, my daughter and my son have my first loyalty and always will", Cohen said.

"I think it's more likely that Trump will kick the can down the road", she remarked. He said that the White House required not evidence of a criminal deed but at least some factual basis supporting suspicion of a crime.

Mr. Giuliani, who joined Mr. Trump's legal team earlier this year, dismissed those concerns, saying there is no indication that the president is involved in the investigation into Mr. Cohen.

Furthermore, Giuliani told host George Stephanopulos, Mueller's probe into Russian election meddling is "the most corrupt investigation I have ever seen" and "they've never really told us what they're investigating [the president for], which of course we want to know". The President did nothing wrong with Michael Cohen.

In his interview last week, Cohen said Trump "simply accepting the denial of" Russian President Vladimir Putin that he didn't meddle in the 2016 USA presidential election was "unsustainable". The New York Times noted Friday that Trump has tweeted about a "witch hunt" 59 times since March alone, compared to 20 times in all of 2017.

When questioned about a possible pardon for Cohen should he be charged and convicted, Giuliani said he has advised Trump that there should be "no discussion of pardons", adding that is "something you can decide down the road".

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