Ex-Trump lawyer weighs his options

Cohen Says Trump Knew About Trump Tower Meeting With Russians In Advance, CNN Reports

Donald Trump's onetime attorney Michael Cohen says he is prepared to tell the Federal Bureau of Investigation that Trump knew about and approved the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower at which a Russian delegation had offered dirt on Democrats to Donald Trump Jr. and other Trump campaign heavies, CNN reports.

CNN cited anonymous sources, saying Cohen was willing to share that information with special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between Mr Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

DONALD Trump's ex-lawyer Michael Cohen has claimed the president knew in advance of an infamous pre-election meeting between Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer.

"Donald Trump Jr. has been professional and responsible throughout the Mueller and Congressional investigations", said Alan Futerfas, an attorney for Donald Trump Jr.

The rebuttals came after a CNN report, widely followed by United States media outlets, that Mr Cohen is prepared to claim that the president knew about a now-infamous meeting in Trump Tower before the presidential election.

A secret recording of Donald Trump discussing payments to a Playboy model has brought renewed attention to the question of whether and how he might have blocked politically damaging stories ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

"I did NOT know of the meeting with my son, Don jr.", Trump said in the first of a sequence of tweets.

"Michael Cohen can't be believed unless it's corroborated five times", Giuliani told NBC News.

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The difference, Giuliani said Sunday, is that he has since learned that Cohen secretly taped clients, including Trump.

That tape is also the only one Cohen has with Trump himself on it. Giuliani said there are about 11 or 12 other Cohen tapes in which others discuss the president and members of his family.

Giuliani, Trump's defense lawyer, launched a barrage of personal attacks on Cohen in an interview with CNN later Thursday, calling him a "pathological liar" and "an incredible liar who's got a tremendous motive to lie now because he's got nothing to give".

"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. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the senior Democrat on the panel, said if the reports are accurate, "it would suggest that Donald Trump Jr., may have misled Judiciary Committee staff about the meeting when he was interviewed last fall".

President Donald Trump's longtime lawyer Michael Cohen is no hero, but he still has credibility, despite the President's attempts to pin him as a liar, said a prominent Democratic congressman Friday.

At one time, Giuliani said he hoped to make a final decision on whether or not Trump testifies by July 4.

She has denied acting on behalf of Russian leadership during the meeting at Trump Tower, saying she operates "independently of any governmental bodies".

Cohen has told associates he is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller in the Russian Federation investigation. 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. But he also left open the possibility that Trump might have known but later forgot about it. Trump Jr. told Congress he didn't remember with whom he spoke. Mr Trump has denied the affair. 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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