Trump Lawyers Nearing Decision He Won't Sit for Russia Probe Interview


Rudy Giuliani said Sunday that President Donald Trump would only submit to an interview with Robert Mueller if the special counsel could show a "factual basis" for the Russian Federation investigation, which he characterized as corrupt.

Giuliani also said he had "zero" concern that Michael Cohen, a former Trump attorney who represented him for a decade while he was a NY real estate mogul and into the first year of his presidency, might provide prosecutors damaging information about Trump.

Cohen's home, office and a hotel room in NY were raided by the FBI in April as part of an investigation into his business dealings.

"Michael Cohen should cooperate", Giuliani told host George Stephanopoulos. What I said was they have to give us a factual basis, meaning some suspicion of a crime, ' he said.

He also professed to be untroubled by either the prospect of Trump being served with a subpoena to appear before the inquiry, or by his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, flipping and handing over all his information to Mueller. "He has no evidence of, nor was he involved in anything untoward, with the president". "I put family and country first".

The new statement from Mr. Trump's lawyer, repeated on three Sunday news shows and in an interview with the New York Times, suggests prospects are receding for a sit-down between the president and Mr. Mueller. In one such encounter, Comey said the president asked him at a private dinner for his loyalty and that Comey offered him "honest loyalty" instead.

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.

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"I think it's more likely that Trump will kick the can down the road", she remarked.

"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".

Mr. Giuliani said the investigation wouldn't find any "evidence of wrongdoing" by the president.

They are investigating his business practices, as is the team led by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating matters connected to Cohen as part of the broader probe of Russian election interference and possible obstruction of justice by the president. The President did nothing wrong with Michael Cohen.

These sources would not comment on whether Cohen's attorney, Guy Petrillo, has been meeting with prosecutors in NY and referred inquiries about any potential case to Petrillo.

"Most people will flip if the Government lets them out of trouble, even if it means lying or making up stories", Trump tweeted.

"The fact that the polls are moving away from Mueller is telling", McCarthy said.