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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”

CNN, citing unnamed sources with knowledge of the matter, said Cohen is willing to make that assertion to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the USA 2016 presidential campaign.

The campaign was not discussed during the meeting, a source familiar with it told ABC News, and Donald Trump Jr. has said the meeting concerned the reversal of a Russian ban on Americans' adopting Russian children.

President Donald Trump denied Friday foreknowledge of a meeting during the 2016 election campaign at which Russians promised to share dirt on his rival Hillary Clinton - shooting back at an explosive allegation by his longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen.

The Trump Tower meeting was set up by Trump Jr.to get dirt on Hillary from a foreign power.

Since then, Trump and his new lawyer Rudy Giuliani have repeatedly attacked Cohen publicly. "I would not accept him in a case as a witness, as a prosecutor", he added later.

A list of potential questions for Trump compiled by the president's legal team following conversations with investigators and released earlier this year made clear that Mueller is interested in some of Trump's tweets to the extent they raise obstruction of justice concerns.

Alan Futerfas, a lawyer for Donald Trump Jr., said the president's son stands by previous denials of his father's knowledge of the meeting.

"He's been lying all week, he's been lying for years", Giuliani said.

On Twitter Friday morning, Trump also lashed out at the Mueller probe and suggested, without evidence, that in fact it was Democrats and not his own campaign that had colluded with Russian Federation to interfere in the 2016 election.

The president's "taxi" comment is a reference to Mr. Cohen's former business partner, Evgeny "Taxi King" Friedman, who recently pleaded guilty in a NY state court to a charge of tax evasion in a plea deal.

CNN, citing unidentified sources with knowledge of the matter, said Cohen was willing to make that assertion to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating whether Trump's presidential campaign had worked with Russian Federation to sway the 2016 US presidential election.

Cohen has hired Lanny Davis, a former special counsel to President Bill Clinton, to represent him.

He said that since Trump cut ties with Cohen, the NY attorney has felt "reckless" and inclined to do "down and dirty things" like his release of a private taped conversation with Trump to Chris Cuomo, a CNN anchor and brother of the state's governor, Andrew Cuomo (D).

Trump also lashed out at Mueller in reaction to the news that Mueller has been reviewing Trump's Twitter feed as part of the investigation into obstruction of justice.

Until very recently Michael Cohen had said he would take a bullet for the president.

If Cohen was running a scam using his taxi medallions, it's likely that Trump knows about it.

Mr Cohen told ABC News this month that his loyalty to his family and country came before his old boss.



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