Donald Trump team members have taken on the president’s tactics. He traditionally accuses others of doing something he is guilty of as a way of deflecting the attention away from himself and toward others. Now, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani is doing that.
Giuliani’s bright idea was to urge FBI officials to investigate special counsel Robert Mueller for allegedly intimidating the president’s former personal attorney and self-described fixer Michael Cohen. The ex-mayor said that Mueller’s people used unethical tactics to obtain information from Cohen. Then, Cohen pled guilty of lying to Congress.
Radio host John Catsimatidis of AM 970 interviewed Giuliani interview, and Giuliani said, according to The New York Post:
‘They obviously exerted a lot of pressure on him. Mr. Cohen unfortunately has a history of significant lies in the past.’
Mueller is the man whose tentacles reach into the Russian attack on the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the conspiracy between Trump’s campaign and Moscow. Giuliani claimed that Mueller was trying to pressure individuals into flipping on POTUS — no hold-backs:
‘This isn’t a search for the truth. It’s a witch hunt. This is what is wrong with these special prosecutors an independent counsels. They think they are God. They seemed to want to prosecute people at any cost, including the cost of ethical behavior and the rights of people.’
The former lawyer and fixer for Trump, admitted last Thursday that he lied to the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2017. Cohen also stated that Trump halted all negotiations to build the Trump tower project in Moscow. This was prior to the Iowa caucuses in February 2016. That was a lie.
The fixer told the committee about the president’s real estate dealings in Moscow. Cohen claimed that he lied when he testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2017. He explained that Trump was in talks for a massive Trump tower deal in Moscow.
Cohen, a former prosecutor, told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Trump negotiated with the Russians well into June 2016. Giuliani was the one who let slip that negotiations continued until October 2016, right before the elections.
Mueller’s court papers referred to the president as “Individual 1.”
In addition to Cohen, Giuliani also claimed that Mueller was trying to make the president’s former campaign chairman (Paul Manafort) implicate the president for collusion. Giuliani claimed that never happened:
‘They want (Paul Manafort) to give certain forms of evidence that would implicate the president in things that Mr. Manafort says are untrue. And they are pressuring him, and creating a real risk that the man might commit perjury. This kind of pressure can create the risk of tainted testimony.’
Manafort broke his agreement with the special counsel’s office, and Mueller’s office revoked Manafort’s plea agreement. Trump’s former campaign manager “breached” his agreement with Mueller’s office “on a variety of subject matters.”
Manafort said he was guilty of financial fraud in an attempt to avoid a federal trial in Washington D.C. He also pled guilty to similar financial crimes in Virginia.
The former campaign manager believed he would be sentenced in early 2019.
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