Trump Denies Cohen's Claim He Knew in Advance of Russia Meeting

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Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, son Donald Jr., and top campaign official Paul Manafort met at New York's Trump Tower on June 9, 2016 with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who had said she was offering information from the Russian government aimed at helping Trump win the presidency.

Trump's tweet about Cohen followed two others in which the president slammed special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation in Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

"That's the three-minute one involving the McDougal payment, AMI-McDougal payment", Giuliani said, referring to Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who claimed she had an affair with the president. "If they [Mueller's investigation] rely on him.it would destroy whatever case they have".

Rudy Giuliani has revealed that Michael Cohen has 183 recorded conversations and President Trump is on 11 or 12 of them.

The former NY mayor's criticisms of Cohen come just a few months after he called him "an honest, honorable lawyer" in a separate ABC News interview. "We don't violate those rules", he said.

Before, Trump blasted his former attorney for the secret recordings, suggesting that doing so might have been illegal. Federal investigators seized millions of records during a raid on his home and office in April, including recordings of conversations Cohen had made. One such condition is that the president will not answer questions about obstruction, but Mr. Giuliani said they may consider some obstruction inquiries if they are submitted.

At one time, Giuliani said he hoped to make a final decision on whether or not Trump testifies by July 4.

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"I don't know", Giuliani admitted, before then pivoting back to attack Cohen's credibility as a witness. "As his aides work to keep him insulated from the outside world, Mr. Trump is doubling down in his efforts to tell supporters to trust him over the words of critics and news reports".

Others have been making this same argument for nearly as long as Donald Trump has been president, and for good reason.

"They had thought that September, early September, would be a good guideline". As recently as May, Giuliani called Cohen "an honest, honorable lawyer".

Cohen did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.

Rudy Giuliani, the president's attorney, told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "Cuomo Prime Time" Thursday night that Cohen is a liar and has been lying for years. "How stupid and unfair to our Country", he tweeted.

Guiliani would not discuss the conditions his team is requesting for Trump to participate in an interview, but hinted that the President's legal team was interested in limiting the discussion to events before the election.

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