Giuliani: Cohen’s secret recordings are ‘ultimate betrayal of trust’

12/27/18

Michael Cohen should be “summarily disbarred,” according to Rudy Giuliani, who called the former attorney for the president’s secret recordings of Donald Trump unethical and the “ultimate betrayal of trust.”

“He [Michael Cohen] should be summarily disbarred — in some states what he did would be a felony, which is taping someone without permission,” Giuliani, who is now Trump’s attorney, told Hill.TV’s Buck Sexton on “Rising.”

Giuliani also once again questioned Cohen’s claims of loyalty to the president, saying he is “going to lie his head off to keep himself out of jail.”

“He just lied the other day — he stood up and he said ‘I was fiercely loyal to Donald Trump’ — no he wasn’t, he taped him surreptitiously…he hid it and he disclosed it, which is maybe a bigger sin for a lawyer than a crime, it’s the ultimate betrayal of trust,” he told Hill.TV.

Giuliani joined Trump’s legal team earlier this year to handle the White House’s response to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 presidential election, and whether there was any collusion with Russia.

Since then, the former New York City mayor has launched a number of personal attacks against Cohen, calling his credibility into question.

In July, Giuliani called Cohen a “pathological liar” during an interview with CNN after the network aired audio from a 2016 conversation between Cohen and Trump about a payment tied to a former Playboy model who alleged having an affair with Trump.

The secret recording was one of many tapes in possession of federal investigators in New York.

Cohen pleaded guilty last month to lying to Congress about a proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow. He also pleaded guilty to other federal charges, which included campaign work he did for Trump during the 2016 presidential election.

Trump reportedly fumed over Cohen’s guilty plea to his new acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker.

CNN reported Friday that Trump had spoken with Whitaker at least twice in recent weeks to vent his frustration, saying New York prosectors filed charges that made him look bad.

—Tess Bonn

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