Trump Denies Knowing About 2016 Russian Lawyer Meeting

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Bernstein on Friday reported Cohen's claim that Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and Russian nationals offering dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Mr. Giuliani's comments come just days after Mr. Cohen's lawyer Lanny Davis provided a tape to CNN where Donald Trump is overheard discussing with Mr. Cohen how they would purchase the rights to a Playboy model's story about an alleged affair with him.

CNN, citing unnamed sources with knowledge of the matter, said on Thursday local time, that Cohen was willing to make that assertion to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign. "Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client - totally unheard of & perhaps illegal". CNN cited anonymous sources saying Cohen was willing to share that information with special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

The accusation reportedly comes from Trump's former attorney and confidant, Michael Cohen - who now says he was present when Trump was told about the meeting, multiple media outlets are reporting.

This would be a significant development in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government.

Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani unloaded on former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen on "Fox News Sunday", saying Cohen is a "scoundrel" and "total liar". These disclosures have ratcheted up tensions between Cohen and his former boss, who called...

Cohen's camp has denied being the source of the CNN report, the basic substance of which The Associated Press independently confirmed.

"Finally, an allegation that Trump was aware of the meeting might strengthen the allegations of obstruction of justice against the president", Graham adds.

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Mr Putin and Mr Trump met in Helsinki last week at a summit, but Mr Trump faced a storm of criticism back home for his handling of the meeting.

"He's been lying all week, he's been lying for years", said Rudy Giuliani, the President's attorney, to Chris Cuomo on CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time" on Thursday night.

Trump has personally taken aim at Cohen for secretly recording their conversations, suggesting that doing so may have been illegal.

By recording his then-client, Trump, Cohen "destroyed himself as a witness" in federal investigations.

Trump himself jumped on the anti-Cohen bandwagon Sunday, as he retweeted a former Cohen defense of Donald Trump, Jr., regarding the Russian Federation meeting.

"I think the president is trying to make the point and Mayor Giuliani is making the point that it seems like the tape was cut off, that there was more dialogue there", said Scaramucci.

Previously Trump has denied knowing in advance that the Trump Tower meeting was going to take place, and he has denied that there was any collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation.

The lawyer said Cohen's propensity to record conversations made Cohen's Trump Tower claim suspect. And he has said in the past that the president didn't know about this nothing.