Giuliani: Cohen claim that Trump knew of Trump Tower meeting 'flat out untrue'

Giuliani: Cohen claim that Trump knew of Trump Tower meeting 'flat out untrue'
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Rudy Giuliani on Sunday dismissed Michael Cohen's claim that President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet MORE had advance knowledge of a meeting between his son and a Russian lawyer during the 2016 election, saying Cohen's "default position is to lie."

"If he taped everything else, why the heck didn’t he tape this?" Giuliani said on "Fox News Sunday," adding that he believes Cohen is "capable of doctoring tapes."

Giuliani, who is Trump's lead attorney on the Russia investigation, was responding to a CNN report that Cohen is willing to tell special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE that the president knew that Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump allies to barnstorm Iowa for caucuses Comedians post fake Army recruitment posters featuring Trump Jr. Trump Jr., Ivanka garner support in hypothetical 2024 poll MORE, Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerKushner says Palestinians will 'screw up' if they reject peace deal Trump offers two-state peace plan for Israeli-Palestinian conflict amid skepticism Trump to release Israeli-Palestinian peace plan on Tuesday MORE and others planned to meet with a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHill.TV's Krystal Ball: Failure to embrace Sanders as nominee would 'destroy' Democratic Party Clinton says she feels the 'urge' to defeat Trump in 2020 Can Democrats flip the Texas House? Today's result will provide a clue MORE.


"It’s just flat out untrue," Giuliani said Sunday. "I would’ve been surprised back then, but now that I know all this about [Cohen], it seems to me his default position is to lie."

The former New York City mayor continued to wage an attack on Cohen after it was revealed that the longtime fixer for the Trump Organization secretly recorded at least one conversation with the president.

CNN aired audio last week that featured Cohen and Trump talking about buying the rights to the story of a former Playboy model who claims she had an affair with the president in 2006.

Giuliani, who earlier this year called Cohen an "honorable lawyer," said his opinion has changed following the release of the tape.

"The man is a pathological manipulator, liar. I didn't know that," Giuliani said. "I knew nothing bad about Michael Cohen until all of this started to happen in the last couple weeks."

Giuliani said Trump is "disappointed" but no longer angry over Cohen's secret recordings. The president on Friday accused Cohen of "trying to make up stories."

However, Giuliani argued that the tapes exonerate Trump from criminal wrongdoing, and ultimately damage Cohen's credibility as a witness.

"He’s done so many despicable things his credibility is not an issue," Giuliani said.

Cohen is reportedly under investigation in New York's Southern District for bank fraud and campaign finance violations.