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

Michael Cohen sent up flares, but Trump never came to help

Michael Cohen sent up flares, but Trump never came to help

"Anything you can think of", said the person, who was not making any specific allegations about the Trump Organization's finances.

The President has repeatedly denied being told about the meeting before it happened.

Connolly said that an audio recording obtained by CNN, which offered a glimpse at the confidential discussions between Cohen and Trump about buying rights to a Playboy model's story about an alleged affair Trump had with her years earlier, "completely demolished Trump's denial" of the affair and "hush payments". "He's been lying all week, or for two weeks - he's been lying for years".

Cohen's claims weren't mentioned in separate reports issued by Republicans and Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee.

He also defended his prior comments defending Cohen, calling him an "honest, honorable lawyer" on This Week in May.

Trump and his legal team have consistently denied that he had any knowledge of the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower.

"I didn't know him very well". "Sounds to me like someone is trying to make up stories in order to get himself out of an unrelated jam (Taxi cabs maybe?)."Sources told CNN that Cohen claims that then-candidate Trump had advance notice of the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower involving Trump Jr. and is willing to assert that claim to special counsel Robert Mueller".

Cohen is being represented by attorney Lanny Davis, a onetime counsel to President Bill Clinton - a fact to which Trump drew attention on Friday. "But I believe they would at least understand that I had an obligation to my client to correct the record on something harmful to him".

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"The FBI raided his office not to get information on Donald Trump but because there was evidence of a possible crime and crimes by Michael Cohen".

President Donald Trump's legal team is on the attack against former Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, saying he violated attorney-client privilege by releasing a taped conversation of him and Trump about payments to a former Playboy model.

"If I knew that, I would have said he's a scoundrel", Giuliani opined.

Sources close to Trump speculated that Cohen's release of the tape was his latest attempt to show Trump he means business and is prepared to provide prosecutors with damaging information about his former boss - but they also said it was the wrong strategy, and that it was unlikely to make Trump eager to help Cohen legally or financially.

At first, Trump Jr. said he never told his father of the meeting then later told Senate investigators that he couldn't recall who he spoke with that night. "We are very confident of the accuracy and reliability of the information that has been provided by Mr. Trump, Jr., and on his behalf".

It came after multiple outlets reported that Cohen had claimed that President Donald Trump approved the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between his campaign staff members and Russians. Nicholas Biase, a spokesman for Manhattan federal prosecutors, also declined to comment. Trump said during a morning tweet storm.

At the meeting, Trump Jr. was joined by his brother-in-law Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort, who was Trump's campaign chairman at the time. There were several native Russians in the room, including Veselnitskaya, a lawyer with links to the Kremlin.

The remarkable about-face followed a year-and-a-half during which Cohen had grown increasingly estranged from Trump since the real estate mogul moved into the White House, leaving Cohen behind in NY with the title - but little of the responsibility - of personal attorney to the President and progressively dwindling access.

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