Giuliani targets Cohen lawyer: He and Cohen are deceivers

Giuliani targets Cohen lawyer: He and Cohen are deceivers
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President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 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.


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 TrumpTrump Jr.: There are 'plenty' of GOP incumbents who should be challenged Donald Trump Jr. attacks Cheney at CPAC: 'Lincoln Project Liz' Trump Jr. was deposed in inauguration funds probe MORE, and Russians who reportedly promised dirt on Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMedia circles wagons for conspiracy theorist Neera Tanden The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Senate ref axes minimum wage, House votes today on relief bill Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm MORE.

Cohen has reportedly said he intends to tell special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump 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.