This is a strong reversal of what Giuliani once said about Cohen, whom he called truthful not so long ago.
In May, Giuliani said Cohen was "honest," and a few weeks ago he said he did not think Cohen was lying and said, "I think he'll tell the truth."
Giuliani's criticisms of Cohen now follow a series of reports that have led the President to crack down on his former lawyer.
First, CNN received a record of a 2016 Cohen-Trump conversation discussing how they would buy the rights to the story of a Playboy model about an alleged affair. Then CNN reported that Cohen claimed that Trump had known in advance about the Trump Tower meeting in June 201
6, which was expected by the Russians to offer dirt to Hillary Clinton for his election campaign.
Following the report on the Trump Tower Meeting, Giuliani told CNN's Chris Cuomo on Thursday that Cohen "lied for years … he lied all his life" and said he "does not see how credible he is" , Giuliani also said that Cohen had been described as a "pathological liar". However, just a few weeks ago, Giuliani said, "I do not expect Michael Cohen to lie," during an interview with Dana Bash of CNN in response to the question of whether he would consider Cohen to be a flip. "I think he will tell the truth as much as possible," Giuliani added.
Giuliani made a clearer statement to Cohen in May, saying that Cohen was "an honest, honorable lawyer" when George Stephanopoulos of ABC asked if he had affected Cohen, who is under criminal investigation by the US Attorney's Office Manhattan, would cooperate with prosecutors.
He also shared ABC News
in early July: "I have no qualms about Michael Cohen doing anything but telling the truth."
How the Dynamics Are Changing Between Trump and Cohen
In April, Trump said in a tweet
that Cohen "is a good person … whom I have always liked and respected ".
But after the release of the Trump Cohen recording, Trump criticized his former lawyer and said Wednesday, "What kind of lawyer would accept a client, so sad!"
On Friday, Trump pre-empted the knowledge of the controversial Trump Tower Meeting 2016 and suggested Cohen not to be truthful. "Sounds to me like someone trying to make up stories to free themselves from an unrelated jam," tweeted the president.
Jay Goldberg, another former Trump lawyer, argued on CNN's "Erin Burnett Out Front" on Friday that Giuliani "immeasurably" damaged his case against Cohen with the sudden change in tone.
"No defender would say that," Goldberg said.