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

While Cohen has not provided evidence to back up his claims, he did reportedly say that several other individuals were there when Trump was informed of the meeting and approved it.

In an interview on CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time" Thursday night, Trump's lawyer in the Russian Federation investigation, Rudy Giuliani, called Cohen a "pathological liar". Gee, I wonder if they helped him make the choice!'

Michael Cohen, former lawyer for President Trump, exits the courthouse in New York City in May.

"If the government can prove that Donald Trump knew about the meeting with the Russians ahead of time - knew at least generally the objective of the meeting - and gave it the go-ahead, he is smack dab in the middle of a conspiracy to defraud the United States by the process of fair elections with the Russians", the MSNBC legal analyst explained. "I don't see how he has any credibility", Giuliani said. U.S. intelligence agencies say Russian Federation interfered to support Trump's candidacy.

Cohen, whose business dealings are being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has longtime dealings in the taxi industry and owns several medallions for New York City yellow cabs that allow them to pick up passengers on the street.

Cohen's claim would contradict repeated denials by Trump, Donald Trump Jr., their lawyers and other administration officials who have said that the President knew nothing about the Trump Tower meeting until he was approached about it by The New York Times in July 2017.

"I did NOT know of the meeting with my son, Don jr.", Mr. Trump tweeted.

Not only did the late night talk show host turn the surreptitious recording of Trump's discussion of a payment with longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen into a mob movie, but now he has put together a greatest hits collection of sorts. A statement from Donald Trump Jr. one day earlier made no mention of Clinton.

"Finally, an allegation that Trump was aware of the meeting might strengthen the allegations of obstruction of justice against the president", Graham adds. And no matter what Trump tweets today, he can't erase the words of his Russian presidential counterpart in Helsinki last week.

But in the taped conversation, which came two months before the election, Trump did not express any surprise about the deal.

In an ABC News interview released on July 2, Cohen said his family and the country commanded his "first loyalty", the first fuel to that speculation.

About a dozen audio recordings were seized and passed to federal prosecutors.

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