Published: Mon, July 30, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Geraldo: Former 'Consigliere' Cohen Could Represent a 'Significant Legal Threat' to Trump

Geraldo: Former 'Consigliere' Cohen Could Represent a 'Significant Legal Threat' to Trump

It was then reported that Cohen says Trump knew of a meeting in NY in June 2016 between key aides and several Russians promising compromising information on Hillary Clinton.

"I did NOT know of the meeting with my son, Don Jr.", Trump wrote on Twitter.

Giuliani was even more explicit in his praise of Cohen in May, saying that Cohen is "an honest, honorable lawyer" when ABC's George Stephanopoulos asked if he was concerned that Cohen, who is under criminal investigation by the USA attorney's office in Manhattan, would cooperate with prosecutors. "Gee, I wonder if they helped him make the choice!" he added.

Then, citing sources with knowledge of the situation, CNN reported that Cohen claimed Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower in which Russians were expected to offer up dirt about Hillary Clinton to his campaign.

Giuliani says Trump's team wanted an interview basically limited to questions involving alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation in the 2016 election. Mr Trump is on one tape discussing a possible payment to Karen McDougal, who said she had an affair with him, and another "11 or 12 others" in which Mr Trump is discussed. Cohen reportedly says Trump greenlit the meeting.

If Mueller's investigation were to continue into November, Giuliani acknowledged that it could impact voters' decisions, but he said it could go either way. Talk of more to come. "As his aides work to keep him insulated from the outside world, Mr. Trump is doubling down in his efforts to tell supporters to trust him over the words of critics and news reports".

Nunberg said during his time with Trump's campaign, he had known Cohen as Trump's loyal "fixer" and was surprised the president's longtime ally would release such information. "We don't violate those rules", he said.

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The investigation into Cohen is looking into allegations of bank fraud, wire fraud and violations of campaign finance law - suspicions which may be largely tied to Cohen's taxi business, which has no relation to Trump.

That same month, Jay Sekulow, another member of Trump's legal team, told The New Yorker that "there is no crime of collusion".

"We have determined the fact that he tampered with the tape, in the sense that he abruptly, mid-conversation, turned it off", Giuliani said Saturday on Fox News.

Davis contends that the audio recording, which was made in September 2016 by Cohen and released on July 24 by CNN, captures the future president and Cohen talking about buying the rights to McDougal's story sold to the National Enquirer, which never published it. At 4:04 p.m. on that day, phone records show that Agalarov called Trump Jr.; the call lasted up to 2 minutes.

The two sides have been negotiating all year, even after Trump changed legal teams and Mueller pursued indictments of Russian officials accused to seeking to interfere in the 2016 elections. One of the several topics he discussed with host Alisyn Camerota was Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, and how long he thinks it will continue.

In addition to publicly coming out against Trump's actions, like the "zero tolerance" immigration policy, Cohen recently told ABC News George Stephanopoulos that his family "and this country" have his "first loyalty".

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