Cohen claims Trump approved 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians

Michael Cohen Trump's personal lawyer in the spotlight

Michael Cohen Trump's personal lawyer in the spotlight

Cohen privately testified a year ago to two Congressional committees investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Cohen's reported claim about the Trump Tower meeting follows the release of a taped conversation between himself and Trump - with reports suggesting there may be more tapes.

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

The Trump Tower meeting was arranged by British music promoter, Rob Goldstone, who told Trump Jr that he had "information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russian Federation and would be very useful to your father".

Cohen recently turned to prominent attorney and lobbyist Lanny Davis, a long-time associate of Bill and Hillary Clinton, to represent him. "Gee, I wonder if they helped him make the choice", Trump said.

"He can not be believed", Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for Trump, told Reuters Thursday, referring to Cohen.

"I don't see how he's got any credibility", the former New York City mayor said.

Giuliani told Fox News the released audio of the tape is a "tape of a tape", meaning it's not entirely clear when the discussion between Trump and Cohen ended, whether it was cut-off prematurely or later altered. Second, Trump could have known about the meeting and Trump Jr. may not have been the source of that information.

According to his friends, Cohen has been agonizing over hearing nothing from the President as he's being investigated and has been sending up flares this past month, signaling that his loyalty would be to his "family and country", not to Trump.

Rudy Giuliani Former New York City Mayor
Rudy Giuliani Former New York City Mayor

While Rob [Goldstone] said he would send me the names of the attendees for the June 9th meeting, he never did. They met with a lawyer linked to the Kremlin and a Russian businessman who initially had offered to disclose dirt on Clinton.

The US leader's latest Twitter outburst came after Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed he has issued an invitation to Mr Trump for a face-to-face meeting in Moscow.

Hey Don Jr., what does the bottom of the bus look like? Trump helped draft a statement previous year that he didn't know about the meeting, which falsely claimed the encounter was about Russian adoptions.

"I didn't know him very well". Sekulow's response: "Yes, I swear".

On Friday, Trump reiterated that he had no advance knowledge of the meeting.

Kimmel wrapped up his monologue with a promo for a brand new collection of products: "Trump on Tape: The Complete Collection", featuring some of Trump's greatest hits including tracks like "Where the Hell Is My Coke?" and "Moved on Her Like a B-tch". They also note that two days before the meeting, Trump mysteriously announced plans to give a "major speech" about Clinton's scandals.

Whether or not President Trump knew about his son's meeting with Russians is one of the central unanswered questions in a wide-ranging investigation into possible Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election.

The President has denied the allegations of the affair. Bannon's comments, to author Michael Wolff for his book "Fire and Fury", triggered the bitter public divorce between Bannon and Trump in early 2018. Word of his subpoena to testify before a grand jury that is deciding whether to return an indictment against Cohen was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

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