Donald Trump denies all, attacking Mueller and Cohen over Russian Federation probe

31 July, 2018, 07:59 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • Michael Cohen and Donald Trump

Trump attacked former lawyer Michael Cohen, who is reportedly willing to tell special counsel Robert Mueller that Trump knew in advance about the meeting involving Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian reputedly peddling political dirt as part of an effort to influence the election.

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 Jr.'s attorney Alan Futerfas issued a statement Thursday saying Trump Jr.

Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani pushed back on the report during an appearance Thursday night on CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time", pointing to past denials that Trump had advance knowledge of the Trump Tower meeting. Trump had also denied knowledge of that payment.

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

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One Republican source intimately involved in NY politics told CNN that it was Cohen who called him in 2013 to pass along the message that Trump was interested in running for governor.

"Cohen is not a, you know, a heroic figure, but he does have credibility", Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Virginia, told CNN's Jim Sciutto on "The Situation Room". "A lawyer who would tape their own client is a lawyer without any character".

It was expected that they would stop sharing information and documents when Cohen retained new attorney Guy Petrillo in July, but Giuliani confirms that there has been no contact between the two teams. Sounds to me like someone is trying to make up stories in order to get himself out of an unrelated jam (Taxi cabs maybe?).

He also said Cohen was unreliable. By Cohen's account, Trump approved going ahead with the meeting with the Russians, according to sources.

Still, Nunberg noted that Trump would have known about the Russian Federation lawyer meeting "under normal circumstances".

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Prosecutors in the US Attorney's office for the Southern District of NY have been investigating Cohen for months, though he has not been charged with any crime and has repeatedly denied any wrong doing. We are very confident of the accuracy and reliability of the information that has been provided by Mr Trump Jr and on his behalf'.

The New York investigation into Cohen came after prosecutors on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team alerted the Department of Justice to evidence related to Cohen that would fit more into the jurisdiction of the New York Southern District, and less so into the special counsel's purview.

President Donald Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said Monday that he's not sure collusion with Russian Federation would be considered a crime, marking a sharp advancement of the President's longtime defense that there was no collusion between his campaign and Moscow.

The White House has denies Trump had sex with her, and Giuliani says no payment was ever made by Trump for her story. But he also left open the possibility that Trump might have known but later forgot about it. Trump has denied having had an encounter with Daniels.

Mueller, who has led the Justice Department's probe into Russian meddling, is also looking into any links between the Russians and the Trump presidential campaign.The probe is also scrutinizing whether Trump sought to obstruct justice by firing Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in 2017 and otherwise undermining other Justice Department officials. The notion of collusion or a conspiracy is a "hoax", Trump frequently says, and Mueller's investigation is a "witch hunt".

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