Cohen is prepared to tell special counsel Robert Mueller that Trump himself knew in advance about the controversial Trump Tower meeting involving Trump Jr. and other top campaign officials, a source told NBC News earlier this week.
CNN, citing unnamed sources with knowledge of the matter, said Cohen is willing to make that assertion to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the USA 2016 presidential campaign.
First, CNN obtained a recording of a conversation between Cohen and Trump from 2016 discussing how they would buy the rights to a Playboy model's story about an alleged affair.
He said he does think Trump could have known about the meeting after the fact. He does not have any recordings of the meeting, the person said.
"We've indicated to them that they should respect the client and attorney privilege in different ways", Giuliani said. He went on to question Cohen's choice of retaining lawyer Lanny Davis, suggesting because of the decision that Bill and Hillary Clinton might have been behind Cohen's claim.
Nunberg also criticized the varying responses from the White House when news of the Trump Tower meeting first broke past year, saying, "I had a feeling they weren't being clear and they were making a mountain out of a mole hill".
Cohen claimed Trump knew in advance and approved of the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower where his son Donald Trump Jr., son-in-law Jared Kushner and campaign manager met with a Kremlin-linked lawyer, CNN reported on Thursday night. A statement from Donald Trump Jr. one day earlier made no mention of Clinton.
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Trump argued that previous administrations had allowed the United States to "truly get ripped off, but we're not going to let that happen".
Cohen is under federal investigation in NY.
"He can not be believed", Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for Trump, said on Thursday, referring to Cohen.
Just after Fox News's Sean Hannity interviewed Trump Jr. about the fallout from the Trump Tower meeting revelation, Cohen praised Trump Jr. for being open and honest - contradicting his most recent claims that Trump Jr. told his father about the meeting.
Trump also on Friday dismissed as "ridiculous" a report that Muller's team is looking at Trump's tweets as they investigate possible collusion and obstruction of justice.
However, Giuliani said he himself was "not allowed" to release the tapes, which include what he said were "183 unique conversations", citing rules concerning the audio, which was among the materials seized from Cohen's office, home and hotel in NY in April amid a criminal investigation of Cohen by the United States attorney's office for the Southern District of NY.
"(T) he rigged Witch Hunt continues!" he complained, adding: "How stupid and unfair to our Country".
The conversation was reportedly recorded in September 2016, two months before the 2016 presidential election.