Former New York City mayor and Donald Trump’s current attorney, Rudy Giuliani, ripped into Trump’s former personal attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen, after he reached a new plea deal Thursday with the team of special counsel Robert Mueller, in which he admitted to lying to Congress about an effort to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.
“He’s [a] liar,” Giuliani told the New York Daily News. “That son of a b*tch should have been disbarred months ago. He’s a disgrace to the profession. He’s a really bad guy. He’s a godd*mn liar.”
In court filings, Cohen said that he continued to pursue the Trump Tower project through June 2016 and he admitted to briefing President Trump on it more than the three times he had originally claimed, and also that he briefed Trump’s family members. In written testimony to both the House and Senate intelligence committees last year, Cohen lied about the timing of the deal, telling lawmakers that the Trump Tower Moscow deal was abandoned in January 2016.
“COHEN discussed the status and progress of the Moscow Project with Individual 1″ — a reference to Trump — “on more than the three occasions COHEN claimed to the Committee, and he briefed family members of Individual 1 within the Company about the project.”
“It’s no surprise that Cohen lied to Congress,” Giuliani said in a statement. “He’s a proven liar who is doing everything he can to get out of a long-term prison sentence for serious crimes of bank and tax fraud that had nothing to do with the Trump Organization.”
“There was a proposal, but it never went beyond that,” the lawyer said. “There was no equity, no money put up, no deal was made. Just because you are having a business proposal with Russia, it doesn’t mean you’re colluding with Russia.”
Trump, leaving the White House en route to Argentina for the annual G-20 summit, ripped into Cohen as a “weak person.”
“What he’s trying to do is get a reduced sentence,” he said of his former attorney.
The President also told reporters that “there would have been nothing wrong if I did” build a Trump-branded property in the former Soviet Republic.