Cohen's claims contradict statements from the president, Trump Jr. and their legal teams that Trump did not know about the Trump Tower meeting where Russians were expected to offer dirt on his then-Democratic challenger Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonEx-NFL player accuses Trump of attacking "black culture" Pompeo spars with senators at testy hearing Budowsky: In 2018, women say no to Trump MORE until The New York Times reported on its existence past year. Cohen's claim comes as special counsel Robert Mueller continues to investigate an array of allegations tied to Trump, including whether his campaign officials colluded with Russians in an effort to win the 2016 presidential election. Donald Trump used a blocked number, other witnesses have told Congress. Trump Jr.
After a week of revelations that suggest Michael Cohen may have turned on Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, the President's current lawyer, argued that Trump's former attorney wasn't credible and has "lied all his life".
However, Mr Cohen, his personal attorney at the time, will reportedly claim that he was present when Mr Trump was informed about the event.
The former New York City mayor told CNN weeks ago that Trump might be coming around on the idea that he should resist sitting down for a wide-ranging interview with Mueller.
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That tape is also the only one Cohen has with Trump himself on it. Giuliani said there are about 11 or 12 other Cohen tapes in which others discuss the president and members of his family. As recently as May, Giuliani called Cohen "an honest, honorable lawyer".
On Friday, Trump lashed out at Cohen without naming him, saying on Twitter: "Sounds to me like someone is trying to make up stories in order to get himself out of an unrelated jam (Taxi cabs maybe?)".
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Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said he thought the chance was "zero" that Trump Jr. did not take his Russian guests up to meet his father after the meeting.
Giuliani also said that they've hired multiple experts to review and analyze the recordings of conversations between Cohen and Trump.
Calling it a "dis-barrable offense", Giuliani told CBS' "Face The Nation" that "I did not know that he taped conversations surreptitiously". "We are very confident of the accuracy and reliability of the information that has been provided by Mr. Trump, Jr., and on his behalf".
In a tweet yesterday, the United States president accused Michael Cohen, his one-time fixer who is now under federal investigation, of deciding to "make up stories" to get himself out of trouble.
It's unclear if Cohen has any legally damning information to provide special counsel Robert Mueller about Trump.
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. There have been earlier suggestions, from elsewhere, that Trump knew about the meeting. But he also left open the possibility that Trump might have known but later forgot about it.
What is clear, based on the evidence that has emerged since, is the outreach to Trump Jr.
Friday's tweet storm from the President included another denunciation of Mueller's investigation as "the rigged Witch Hunt".