Trump denies knowing about son's meeting with Russians, despite Cohen's claim

Michael Cohen and Donald Trump

Michael Cohen and Donald Trump

Cohen is reportedly willing to make those claims to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

In a tweet Friday morning, Trump wrote "I did NOT know of the meeting with my son, Don Jr". They've specifically looked into why the tape cuts off mid-conversation about a hush payment made to former Playboy model Karen McDougal who alleged an affair with Trump.

During his televised appearances Sunday, Giuliani continued to rail against Trump's former personal attorney, telling CBS, "I don't see how you can believe Michael Cohen", and accusing Cohen of violating Trump's attorney-client privilege. In response, a source close to Cohen mocked Giuliani, saying, "You mean Rudy is floating reckless, fact-free, false, wild speculation as if he were unhinged?"

Rep. Eric Swalwell, the top Democrat for the CIA on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told CNN on Thursday: "Rudy Giuliani described him [Cohen] as a proven liar but all of his lies in the past were on behalf of Donald Trump".

According to The New York Times, it was Mr Weisselberg who set up the $35,000 retainer that Mr Cohen received from Mr Trump's personal trust - as a repayment to Mr Cohen for the hush money.

"Sounds to me like someone is trying to make up stories in order to get himself out of an unrelated jam (Taxi cabs maybe?)", Trump tweeted, referring to reports that the FBI is examining Cohen's businesses in New York's taxi industry as part of a separate investigation into the lawyer.

About a month before Michael Cohen released his recording of a sensitive conversation he had with Donald Trump, the President's longtime attorney and adviser was agonizing over the silent treatment he was getting from his former boss.

But Cohen has told associates that he witnessed an exchange between then-candidate Trump and Trump Jr. before the June 9 meeting in which Trump Jr. updated his father about an upcoming gathering in which he would get information about Clinton, according to one person familiar with discussions among Cohen's friends. Cohen says Trump then chose to go ahead with the meeting.

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The remarkable about-face followed a year-and-a-half during which Cohen had grown increasingly estranged from Trump since the real estate mogul moved into the White House, leaving Cohen behind in NY with the title - but little of the responsibility - of personal attorney to the President and progressively dwindling access.

Jay Goldberg, another former Trump lawyer, argued Friday on CNN's "Erin Burnett Out Front" that Giuliani "immeasurably" damaged his case against Cohen with the sudden shift in tone. The emails, which were later released, show that Trump Jr. was offered documents and information that "would incriminate" Clinton and that the offer was "part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump".

The employee said Weisselberg "knows where all the financial bodies are buried within the Trump Organization".

Also on Sunday, Giuliani also said he is still in talks with special counsel Robert Mueller about possible testimony from Trump.

At the meeting, Trump Jr. was joined by his brother-in-law Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort, who was Trump's campaign chairman at the time.

Still, Nunberg noted that Trump would have known about the Russian Federation lawyer meeting "under normal circumstances".

Why would it matter if Trump knew about the Trump Tower meeting? .

What is clear, based on the evidence that has emerged since, is the outreach to Trump Jr. In a series of tweets Friday morning, the president said, "The highly conflicted Robert Mueller and his gang of 13 Angry Democrats obviously can not find Collusion" and "the only Collusion with Russian Federation was with the Democrats".

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