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.
"Businessmen listen to nearly everyone who might be helpful, and by the way, they make pragmatic decisions about how to make bad stories go away", Issa added.
The comments about whether Cohen's release of the tape violated attorney-client privilege comes as sources tell ABC News that Cohen claims Trump knew in advance about a 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump campaign members and Russians who were expected to provide dirt on rival candidate Hillary Clinton.
"He can not be believed", Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for Trump, told Reuters on Thursday, referring to Cohen. Lawyers and others familiar with the recording said Trump and Cohen discussed payments made to former Playboy model Karen McDougal.
Rivera said Cohen was somewhat of a "consigliere" to Trump, in that he was the "one key person we tell all of our life story to".
I gave up 'nothing' in Russian Federation summit
And facing lawmakers upset with what they see as presidential bungling, loose rhetoric and inconsistency on foreign policy, Mr. As recently as Sunday night, President Trump again referred to the concept of Russian election meddling as a "big hoax".
Giuliani maintains that there's no evidence the president did anything wrong and that there is no "legal basis" for investigating the president for obstructing justice. Talk of more to come. CNN first reported the news Thursday night.
Trump has denied he had any knowledge of the meeting and that it took place.
Audio recordings seized from Cohen by the FBI during an April raid were handed over to federal prosecutors, according to reports at the time.
'There are then an untold number of other tapes.
The two sides have been negotiating all year, even after Trump changed legal teams and Mueller pursued indictments of Russian officials accused to seeking to interfere in the 2016 elections.
He said that Trump supporters are likely to see the issue as Cohen, Trump's former personal lawyer and fixer, protecting himself, while those who reject Trump will find it consistent with their stances.