Giuliani targets Cohen lawyer: He and Cohen are deceivers

Giuliani targets Cohen lawyer: He and Cohen are deceivers
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President TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit MORE’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Saturday targeted Michael Cohen and his attorney in a series of tweets, accusing both Cohen and Lanny Davis of being “deceiver[s].”

“Lanny Davis said his client Michael Cohen ‘did not intend to deceive.’ Yet his client put his phone in a desk saying not recording talk and then proceeded to secretly record Chris Cuomo for two hours,” Giuliani tweeted Saturday night. “Whose [sic] the biggest deceiver Cohen or his shill Davis?”

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that Cohen had recorded a nearly two-hour-long conversation he had with CNN's Chris Cuomo last year about a payment Cohen made to adult-film star Stormy Daniels to keep her quiet about her alleged affair with Trump in 2006.

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Giuliani claimed that Davis, who is also a columnist for The Hill, is “destroying Cohen’s credibility and his usefulness as a witness and his career as a lawyer" by sharing tapes that Cohen, Trump’s former longtime personal attorney and "fixer," secretly made of his private conversations with Trump.  

Giuliani’s tweets appeared to be replying to Davis’s statement earlier Saturday that came in response to an interview Trump's attorney gave to ABC News on Saturday.

Giuliani told ABC that Trump’s legal team told Cohen he has violated the attorney-client privilege he had with Trump.

“He expressly waived attorney client privilege last week and repeatedly and inaccurately — as proven by the tape — talked and talked about the recording, forfeiting all confidentiality,” Davis said in a statement to The Hill.

The development comes after this week's revelation that Cohen secretly recorded conversations he had with Trump, including one between the two men ahead of the 2016 election. In the recording, which was aired by CNN this week after the network obtained it from Davis, the two men can be heard discussing buying the rights to a former Playboy model’s story about her alleged affair with Trump.

Giuliani lodged a series of attacks against Cohen, calling him a "pathological liar" after CNN reported that Cohen claims that then-candidate Trump approved a 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump campaign officials, including the president's son Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpDonald Trump Jr. joins Cameo Book claims Trump family members were 'inappropriately' close with Secret Service agents Trump Jr. shares edited video showing father knocking Biden down with golf ball MORE, and Russians who reportedly promised dirt on Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden says Russia spreading misinformation ahead of 2022 elections Highest-ranking GOP assemblyman in WI against another audit of 2020 vote Women's March endorses Nina Turner in first-ever electoral endorsement MORE.

Cohen has reportedly said he intends to tell special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE, who is investigating possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, that Trump knew about the meeting. 

Trump and his allies have maintained that Trump did not know about the meeting, and Giuliani also said that the president did not know of the meeting.

The conflicting accounts raise questions about both Trump and Cohen's credibility.

Giuliani had called Cohen “an honest, honorable lawyer” during an interview with ABC News in May; He told the outlet on Saturday that he didn't know Cohen "very well" when he made the statement.