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 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 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."

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"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.