Giuliani says he's not sure collusion is a crime

31 July, 2018, 07:56 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • Cohen Says Trump Knew About Trump Tower Meeting With Russians In Advance, CNN Reports

Cohen alleges he was in the room with a number of others when Donald Trump Jr. informed then-candidate Trump of the planned meeting with a Russian lawyer promising dirt on Hillary Clinton, CNN and NBC News reported Thursday evening, both citing anonymous sources.

CNN cited anonymous sources saying Cohen was willing to share his information with Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

Cohen is the third Trump associate to suggest the president knew more about the 2016 meeting in Trump Tower than he's letting on.

Alan Futerfas, an attorney for Trump Jr., said in a statement that his client "has been professional and responsible throughout the Mueller and Congressional investigations".

Earlier this week, Cohen's legal team released a secretly recorded conversation made in September 2016 in which the attorney and Trump discuss a payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal.

Following the report on the Trump Tower meeting, Giuliani told CNN's Chris Cuomo on Thursday that Cohen has "been lying for years. he's lied all his life", and said he doesn't "see how he has any credibility".

The former New York City mayor told CNN weeks ago that Trump might be coming around on the idea that he should resist sitting down for a wide-ranging interview with Mueller. "Why would you expect it would be true from someone like Cohen?"

In fact, one thing after another - Trump publicly minimizing Cohen's work for him over the years and brashly predicting Cohen would never "flip"; Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, saying Cohen has no valuable information about Trump - indicated to Cohen that he had, in fact, been "left on his own". Sounds to me like someone is trying to make up stories in order to get himself out of an unrelated jam (Taxi cabs maybe?). Cohen's attorney, Lanny Davis, declined to comment to ABC News, other than to say an earlier report on the assertion by Cohen wasn't from him.

But Cohen's biggest mistake may have been his belief that his relationship with Trump amounted to more than employee-employer, two sources familiar with their relationship said.

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The publicist said the outreach was "part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr Trump".

Rudy Giuliani, the president's lawyer and lead attorney on issues related to the Russian Federation inquiry, said Thursday on CNN that Cohen was "just not credible".

Whether or not President Trump knew about his son's meeting with Russians is one of the central unanswered questions in a wide-ranging investigation into possible Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election.

The New York investigation into Cohen came after prosecutors on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team alerted the Department of Justice to evidence related to Cohen that would fit more into the jurisdiction of the New York Southern District, and less so into the special counsel's purview.

Mr Trump has always denied knowing about the meeting before it took place.

President Donald Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said Monday that he's not sure collusion with Russian Federation would be considered a crime, marking a sharp advancement of the President's longtime defense that there was no collusion between his campaign and Moscow.

Trump Jr. said he did not remember who he was calling.

Why would it matter if Trump knew about the Trump Tower meeting? . She has alleged that she had a months-long affair with Trump in 2006.

The man who may hold some of Donald Trump's deepest secrets is up for investigation, in news that will no doubt make the U.S. leader shiver.



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