Cohen's lawyer walks back claim Trump knew of Russia meeting

Tuesday, 28 Aug, 2018

Under oath in a NY courtroom last Tuesday, the president's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, implicated his old boss in a crime, saying Trump directed him to violate campaign finance laws by paying off two of his mistresses, including adult film actress and director Stormy Daniels, with thousands of dollars in hush money.

The prospect of Cohen telling Mueller that Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 meeting has hung over the Russian Federation probe since CNN, citing anonymous sources, reported last month that Cohen was willing to share the information.

But a senior White House official disputed the notion that the President was visibly upset over the news and told the Associated Press said it was essentially business as usual in the West Wing.

Editor's Note: For this story, Lanny Davis, an attorney for Michael Cohen, provided information as an unnamed source, saying Cohen told associates he had witnessed a 2016 exchange in which Donald Trump Jr. informed his father that he expected to receive damaging information about Hillary Clinton. "But I am not sure". After he was elected, Trump said he was leaving the business in the hands of Weisselberg and his sons.

Sharpening their legal and political defenses against the special counsel's Russian Federation probe, President Donald Trump's attorneys stressed Sunday, June 3, that they would contest any effort to force the president to testify in front of a grand jury but downplayed the idea that Trump could pardon himself.

Trump accused Cohen of lying and more broadly has dismissed the investigations of his campaign as a "witch-hunt".

He also offered four broader points of advice for Trump.

Dershowitz said that while Trump has the right to fire Sessions, "I think it would be a mistake to fire anybody".

"They had a very successful conviction of Paul Manafort". In court filings, prosecutors say two unnamed Trump Organization employees - "executive 1" and "executive 2" - helped set up the reimbursement.

Trump and his allies seized on the erosion of those claims. "Just another phony story by the Fake News Media!"

His wiseguy-like remarks have led to speculation that Trump truly fears what information his former loyalists may see fit to share as legal and political battles rage around the President and talk of impeachment escalates.

"So Michael Cohen does not have information that President Trump knew about the Trump Tower meeting with the Russians beforehand or even after?"

"Over 90% approval rating for your all time favorite (I hope) President within the Republican Party and 52% overall", Trump wrote in the tweet.

CNN said it stands by the story, which included reporting from Pulitzer Prize-winning Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein. He remained in NY when Trump moved to Washington.