Published: Sat, July 28, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Michael Cohen Says Trump Knew About 2016 Trump Tower Meeting With Russians

Michael Cohen Says Trump Knew About 2016 Trump Tower Meeting With Russians

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

Trump's team met with the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, believing she had dirt on Clinton to share. "Gee, I wonder if they helped him make the choice", Trump said.

If it's true, though, it raises questions about what Donald Trump Jr. has said in past testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and other things.

The Trump Tower meeting was seen as evidence of the Trump campaign working along with Russians to defeat Hillary Clinton.

Mueller is known to be scrutinizing Trump's tweets about Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former F.B.I. director James Comey.

Trump also lashed out at Mueller in reaction to the news that Mueller has been reviewing Trump's Twitter feed as part of the investigation into obstruction of justice.

The newsman said that a single meeting with a Russian lawyer, President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, then-campaign-chairman Paul Manafort, and other staffers is a far cry from collusion. "So the idea that you're meeting with a foreign adversary... and you were even comfortable with that, I know it's not illegal, but it's obviously unethical".

The president's "taxi" comment is a reference to Mr. Cohen's former business partner, Evgeny "Taxi King" Friedman, who recently pleaded guilty in a NY state court to a charge of tax evasion in a plea deal.

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The president also hit Cohen over the attorney representing him, Lanny Davis, who was special counsel to former President Bill Clinton.

But Trump Jr., the president and White House aides insisted that President Trump had no knowledge of the meeting beforehand, wasn't told about it at the time, and first learned about it only a year later when approached about it by the New York Times.

On Wednesday, Davis compared the Cohen tape to the Watergate tapes that ultimately forced Republican president Richard Nixon to resign in 1974 as impeachment loomed.

Trump lashed out at the news on Friday morning in a pair of tweets that preceded his Cohen missive.

The Trump Tower meeting was set up by Trump Jr.to get dirt on Hillary from a foreign power.

"I think you're going to find it very informative and very, very interesting", Trump said.

"(T) he rigged Witch Hunt continues!" he complained, adding: "How stupid and unfair to our Country".

Later Friday the U.S. leader was to gather his National Security Council for a meeting on election security, as United States intelligence chiefs warn Russian Federation will seek to meddle again in the November midterm polls.

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