A good end to a bad week for President Trump

Michael Cohen Trump's personal lawyer in the spotlight

Michael Cohen Trump's personal lawyer in the spotlight

But the Cohen investigation is being run by the US attorney in the Southern District of NY, not by Mueller's team in Washington.

CNN, citing unnamed sources with knowledge of the matter, said on Thursday local time, that Cohen was willing to make that assertion to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Cohen told associates that Trump responded with encouragement, the person said.

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.

CNN quoted sources as saying Cohen lacks evidence such as an audio recording to corroborate his account.

The overall investigation concerns links between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russians who sought to help Trump by hacking Democratic Party officials and pushing phony news about Clinton.

The meeting, between Trump Jr. and the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, which allegedly included the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and then-campaign chair Paul Manafort, is one of the key events in the origins of the Russian Federation investigation.

Trump has denied ever having a relationship with McDougal, and Giuliani has said the tape shows Trump was hearing about the payment for the first time when Cohen brought it up.

Later, Giuliani added: "I don't see how he has any credibility". "Anything you can think of", the employee said.

A second former Trump campaign adviser, Sam Nunberg, said that Cohen's decision to hire the Washington power lawyer Lanny Davis signaled his desire to accept any kind of deal.

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

Rudy Giuliani Former New York City Mayor
Rudy Giuliani Former New York City Mayor

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.

Trump Jr., then-Trump presidential campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner were present at the meeting.

The Thursday reports of Cohen's claims is further evidence that Cohen could flip on Trump in the Russian Federation investigation - which would be a nightmare for Trump's legal team.

The White House said Friday that Trump was "open" to visiting Moscow after Putin said in South Africa that he had invited the United States leader to the Russian capital and was ready to meet him also in Washington.

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

"(Cohen) even retained Bill and Crooked Hillary's (Clinton) lawyer", Trump also wrote, referring to Davis.

The Justice Department has been investigating Cohen for months, raiding his home, office and hotel room in April in search of documents related to a $130,000 payment the attorney facilitated before the 2016 election to Stormy Daniels, an adult-film actress who says she had sex with Trump in 2006.

However, Giuliani lamented that the chances of obtaining the original recording are slim.

In a series of angry Twitter posts on Friday morning, he again denied any collusion with Moscow and denounced the Mueller probe as a witch hunt.

Earlier this week, CNN aired a secret recording Cohen made of a conversation he had with Trump in 2016 regarding the rights to a Playboy model's story about an alleged affair with Trump.




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