Donald Trump knew in advance about Russian Federation meeting, says Michael Cohen

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Mr. Cohen does not have any evidence such as audiotapes verifying his claims, CNN's sources said.

Cohen is under federal investigation in NY. And Cohen endeared himself to Trump over the years by a demonstrated willingness to say and do whatever it took to solve problems for his boss.

But Trump on Friday claimed that Cohen is lying to get himself out of unrelated legal problems. A spokesperson for the United States attorney's office in Manhattan, which is investigating Cohen, declined to comment to the newspaper.

The payment to Ms Daniels, who says she had an intimate relationship with Mr Trump, was meant to buy her silence over the affair.

Trump Jr. has downplayed the meeting as a "wasted 20 minutes" and asserted Trump was never told about it. He even retained Bill and Crooked Hillary's lawyer. "If they rely on him ... it would destroy whatever case they have". Weisselberg was deposed previous year by the NY attorney general's office for its separate civil lawsuit against the Trump Foundation for potential fraud.

As recently as last summer, former Trump attorney Michael Cohen wanted the world to know that Donald Trump Jr.is an "open, honest, and transparent" person.

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

The leak fanned speculation about how much damage Mr Cohen can inflict on the president and whether he is now mulling a cooperation deal with federal prosecutors.

Fighting the Russia investigation on two fronts Friday, President Donald Trump mocked prosecutors for investigating presidential tweets, and he again denied knowing about a 2016 meeting between his son and a Russian lawyer claiming to have dirt on Hillary Clinton.

"I do not know what happened to him", Mr. Giuliani said.

At the 2016 Trump Tower meeting, Trump Jr. was joined by his brother-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Trump's campaign chairman at the time, Paul Manafort. There were four Russians in the room, including a lawyer with Kremlin ties, a businessman who worked for an oligarch and a lobbyist with old KGB connections. Both women said they had affairs with the president, both happening around the time of the birth of Trump's son, Barron.

The president's son has said since that no "meaningful information" was offered and that the meeting focused mostly on adoptions of Russian children.

"This guy is a proven liar", Giuliani told CNN on Thursday.

Twitter had some fun with the chance encounter between Trump Jr. and Mueller.

Trump said on July 12, 2017, that he "only heard about it two or three days ago". I didn't know noth- It's a very unimportant - sounded like a very unimportant meeting. Sekulow's response: "Yes, I swear".

Mueller is known to be scrutinizing Trump's tweets about Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former F.B.I. director James Comey. Now it appears @realDonaldTrump knew about this meeting in advance, and then lied about it. Michael Cohen lived one sort of life for decades - a life that made him useful to Donald Trump - but intervening events have forced him to take a very hard look at that past life and change his ways.

"And it obviously was not a crime for [Donald] Trump Jr.to meet with this Russian national and find out what she had to talk about", Strassel said on Fox News' "The Ingraham Angle".

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