Former Trump adviser says Cohen has lost credibility with secret taping

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"It seems to me the worst that you could say, assuming that Cohen is telling the truth now, is that Donald Trump lied back in 2017".

The Justice Department, as part of its investigation into Cohen, is working to determine if he was involved in paying off women making claims about Trump, and whether that violated any campaign finance laws.

President Donald Trump's former campaign aide Sam Nunberg said he does "sympathize" with Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen, but said his decision to release a secretly recorded tape of a conversation with Trump as going "too far".

Trump complained that he had returned from a trip Midwest Thursday "only to be greeted with the ridiculous news" that Mueller and his team "cannot find Collusion... so now they are looking at my Tweets (along with 53 million other people)".

"Usually you don't discuss joint defense agreements, but i think it's obvious there's been so much public discussion that there isn't one right now", Giuliani said.

"I wish these guys could put down their arms, recognize the longevity of their relationship and stop the backbiting and the infighting", Scaramucci said.

"I didn't know him very well".

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Giuliani was even more explicit in his praise of Cohen in May, saying that Cohen is "an honest, honorable lawyer" when ABC's George Stephanopoulos asked if he was concerned that Cohen, who is under criminal investigation by the United States attorney's office in Manhattan, would cooperate with prosecutors.

"Sounds to me like someone is trying to make up stories in order to get himself out of an unrelated jam", Trump tweeted, adding: "(Taxi cabs maybe?).

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 26, 2016, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (R) stands with his son Donald Trump Jr. after the first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. So Cohen's actions were not illegal.

"The idea Michael Cohen was taping him, when I heard that, I felt like we were back in the 26th floor of Trump Tower", Nunberg said, referring to the Manhattan headquarters of Trump's campaign. But the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign remains a divisive political issue, with Republicans more likely to doubt the FBI and US intelligence agencies and more likely to back the president.

However, he pointed out that matters likely changed when Cohen's home and offices were raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and he does agree that there was probably more included on the released tape.

Nunberg worked for years with both Trump and Cohen and briefly served on the Trump campaign, but was sacked in August 2015.

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