Donald Trump denies knowing in advance of 2016 meeting with Russian lawyer

Hannah Rogers
July 30, 2018

The New York Times reported Thursday about the Mueller investigation's interest in the president's tweets.

Cohen has not yet chose to work with the federal prosecutors from the Southern District of NY, according to two people familiar with his thinking but not authorized to discuss private conversations. Giuliani says prosecutors have more than 100 recordings, and about a dozen have to do with the president.

Giuliani contended that Cohen is obviously out to hurt his former client.

Giuliani rejected Cohen's recent reported claim that Trump knew in advance of a meeting between top campaign officials and a Russian lawyer offering dirt on Hillary Clinton ahead of the 2016 election. "I'd never prosecute a case on this guy's testimony", Giuliani said. Even now with his betrayal by taping him he still is anxious about him because he believes he's only hurting himself, ' Giuliani said.

But according to CNN and NBC, Trump's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, who is under investigation and has fallen out with the president, claims he was present when Donald Jr. told his father about the Russians' offer to meet, and that Trump approved of it.

Still, Nunberg noted that Trump would have known about the Russian Federation lawyer meeting "under normal circumstances". "That's the three-minute one involving the payment to former playboy model Karen McDougal".

Donald Trump and his son Donald Trump, Jr.at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. He again said the tape does not show Trump breaking the law.

Graham noted Sunday that Cohen already has testified before Congress about conversations he had with Trump. Giuliani, who called Cohen "an honest, honorable lawyer" as recently as May, has made a sport out of bashing Cohen in recent days. "He's been lying all week, or for two weeks - he's been lying for years", Giuliani told CNN.

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"We know of something like 183 unique conversations on tape".

"Sounds to me like someone is trying to make up stories in order to get himself out of an unrelated jam (Taxi cabs maybe?)", Trump wrote on Twitter. "This nonsense needs to stop!"

Cohen did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Sources told CNN that Cohen is reportedly willing to discuss the matter with Mueller, who is investigating possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Giuliani said Saturday on ABC News that Trump's team has hired experts to analyze the recording.

Giuliani also repeatedly criticised Mueller's team of investigators for perceived bias and said the special counsel was in "bad faith" over negotiations for an interview with the president. "It makes sense ... it's enough before the November elections so you can't say he interfered with it one way or the other".

On Sunday, Giuliani told CBS that talks since have been interrupted by other issues, including the Cohen matter and Mueller's prosecution of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

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