President Donald Trump took to social media Friday morning to lash out at his former longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, denying that he knew in advance about a now-infamous meeting at Trump Tower two years ago, after reports surfaced that Cohen claimed he did.
Trump's confidante who is now turning into a risky adversary said he was willing to make that assertion to special counsel Robert Mueller investigating the alleged Russian election meddling.
Cohen is the third Trump associate to suggest the president knew more about the 2016 meeting in Trump Tower than he's letting on.
Alan Futerfas, a lawyer for the Trump Organization and Donald Trump Jr, told Reuters, 'Donald Trump Jr has been professional and responsible throughout the Mueller and Congressional investigations.
Rudy Giuliani called Michael Cohen a "pathological liar" in a heated respond to reports that Cohen had claimed that Donald Trump personally approved a meeting between his campaign staff and representatives of Russian Federation.
One Cohen tape that has surfaced reflects him and Trump in a 2016 discussion that appears to concern a woman who claimed to have had an affair with Trump.
"Michael Cohen can't be believed unless it's corroborated five times", Giuliani told NBC News. In response, a source close to Cohen mocked Giuliani, saying, "You mean Rudy is floating reckless, fact-free, false, wild speculation as if he were unhinged?"
Mark Cuban, the billionaire businessman who was spotted dining with Cohen a few times in New York City previous year, told CNN that Cohen has mostly talked to him about his hopes of writing a book and about his son's baseball career.
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".
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"If it what's you say I love it especially later in the summer", Trump Jr. replied. By Cohen's account, Trump approved going ahead with the meeting with the Russians, according to sources.
The remarkable about-face followed a year-and-a-half during which Cohen had grown increasingly estranged from Trump since the real estate mogul moved into the White House, leaving Cohen behind in NY with the title - but little of the responsibility - of personal attorney to the President and progressively dwindling access.
Donald Trump Jr told investigators from the Senate Judiciary Committee in September 2017 that he did not tell his father about the meeting beforehand, according to documents released by the committee.
The Thursday reports of Cohen's claims is further evidence that Cohen could flip on Trump in the Russian Federation investigation - which would be a nightmare for Trump's legal team.
At one time, Giuliani said he hoped to make a final decision on whether or not Trump testifies by July 4.
In the tape, the two men discuss how to buy the rights to a former Playboy model's story of her affair with Trump.
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The rupture with his former boss was a startling shift for Cohen, who enjoyed almost daily access to Trump and his entourage for more than a decade during which he served as Trump's fixer, political adviser and fiercest public defender.
The publicist said the outreach was "part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr Trump". 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".