Giuliani: Cohen 'lies to fit the situation he's in'

Rudy Giuliani on Sunday blasted Michael Cohen as "pathetic" and a habitual liar after the longtime Trump associate said he violated campaign finance laws at President TrumpDonald John TrumpLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Twitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation MORE's direction.

"The man is pathetic... He’s a lawyer. He’s the guy you depend on to determine whether or not you should do it this or way or that way," Giuliani said on ABC's "This Week."

Giluiani, who represents Trump in the Russia investigation, said that Cohen had previously indicated on a number of documented occasions that he acted on his own in paying off women during the 2016 election and was reimbursed by the president. He argued that Cohen lacks credibility because he secretly taped conversations and because of his changing explanations.

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“OK, now he says the opposite. You’re going to tell me which is the truth?” Giuliani said. “I think I know what the truth is but unless you are god, this man, you will never know what the truth is. He lies to fit the situation he’s in.”

Cohen was sentenced last week to three years in prison for multiple federal crimes he had pleaded guilty to, including bank fraud, tax fraud and campaign finance law violations he said he committed at Trump's direction when he paid two women to keep quiet about alleged affairs with the president.

At his sentencing, Cohen said he took "full responsibility for each act that I pled guilty to, the personal ones to me and those involving the president of the United States of America." 

Cohen told ABC in an interview after his sentencing that he acted out of loyalty to Trump. He added that Trump knew the payments were wrong.

Trump said he did not direct Cohen to break the law, and argued that Cohen's misdeeds were "all unrelated" to him other than the campaign finance violations, which the president insisted were not criminal.

Giuliani echoed that argument on Sunday, arguing that Trump's payment was a similar case to that of former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, who was unsuccessfully prosecuted in 2008. Experts have disputed that the cases are exactly alike.

"It’s not a crime. Paying $130,000 to Stormy 'whatever' and paying … the other one is not a crime," Giuliani said, referencing adult-film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal. Both women have said they were paid to remain quiet about their alleged affairs with Trump.

Cohen has been embroiled in legal trouble since the FBI raided his home and office earlier this year. Following the raid, Giuliani defended Cohen as an “honest, honorable lawyer,” but the former New York City mayor has since repeatedly attacked Cohen as a liar.

Cohen’s adviser said the longtime Trump associate sat for 70 hours of interviews with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.