Trump Pushes Back on Cohen's Claim He Knew About Trump Tower Meeting

Trump Pushes Back on Cohen's Claim He Knew About Trump Tower Meeting

Trump Pushes Back on Cohen's Claim He Knew About Trump Tower Meeting

If substantiated, it could be a key step toward proving collusion between the Trump campaign and a Russian effort to help Trump win the presidency a central focus of a probe by special counsel Robert Mueller.

But according to CNN and NBC, Trump's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, who is under investigation and has fallen out with the president, claims he was present when Donald Jr. told his father about the Russians' offer to meet, and that Trump approved of it.

Cohen claims he was in the room when Trump was told about that offer by Trump Jr., CNN said.

Mr Trump Jr responded "I love it" when first offered the political "dirt" on Mrs Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee.

Nunberg testified to a grand jury in the Russian Federation investigation in March. Giuliani also said that Cohen has been described as a "pathological liar".

Should Cohen choose to cooperate with investigators, including Mueller, it's not clear what information he has that they could not gather for themselves or have not already learned on their own.

Contacted by CNN, one of Cohen's attorneys, Lanny Davis, declined to comment. The payment to Daniels, who says she had an intimate relationship with Trump, was meant to buy her silence over the affair.

"If Michael Cohen says now he knew about the Russian Federation meeting in advance, I would believe Don Jr. and the president in light of learning Michael was taping conversations", Nunberg told host Chuck Todd.

Cohen "even retained Bill and Crooked Hillary's lawyer", Trump tweeted. "If they rely on him ... it would destroy whatever case they have".

President Trump has said that he knew nothing about the sit-down, which was held at Trump Tower, until he was approached about it by The New York Times in July of a year ago.

Alan Futerfas, an attorney for Trump Jr., said in a statement that his client "has been professional and responsible throughout the Mueller and Congressional investigations".

"We wouldn't consider it in our best interest to share confidential information with them and they would feel the same way".

The payment to Ms McDougal was never made, according to Mr Trump's current lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

The US president has lashed out at his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, after the latter claimed that Donald Trump knew in advance about a meeting between his son and a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in 2016. Trump helped draft a statement a year ago that he didn't know about the meeting, which falsely claimed the encounter was about Russian adoptions. The Times also reported in June that Trump personally dictated a misleading statement about the objective of the meeting, even after his aides repeatedly denied that he did so.

Trump and his lawyers maintain that he did not know about the meeting before it was first reported on last summer. I told Rob that Jared Kushner and our newly hired campaign manager Paul Manafort would likely also attend. "Mueller has always been said to be interested in the circumstances of that statement, which denied that the meeting had dealt with campaign issues at all".

Trump has consistently denied that he knew about the meeting, and he did so again on Friday. What are you & Mr. Trump so afraid of if he did nothing wrong as you claim?

"He wasn't aware of it", Trump Jr. told lawmakers, referring to his father's knowledge of the meeting. "But again, remember this too, if it's just one person, you know, corroborating this kind of stuff is very hard".

Trump's critics have long doubted these denials.

Adam Parkhomenko, a former Hillary Clinton staffer and organizer of an ongoing nightly protest outside the White House, tweeted:"Trump the green pretending to talk on the phone to avoid Robert Mueller at the airport is the only photo you need to see today".

Watch Trump's remarks announcing his anti-Clinton speech on June 7, 2016, in the video below.

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