Former Trump adviser says Cohen has lost credibility with secret taping

01 August, 2018, 12:02 | Author: Sherry Houston
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Lawyers and others familiar with the recording said Trump and Cohen discussed payments made to former Playboy model Karen McDougal.

And for everything that the special investigation has thrown up, there is no publicly known clear evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian state to swing the USA presidential election.

A person familiar with the investigation confirmed the CNN report to The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because the person wasn't authorized to speak publicly.

He said he does think Trump could have known about the meeting after the fact.

"I don't know what happened to him", Giuliani said.

Scaramucci said that during the campaign, there was a "major flurry of activity", and in June 2016, when the meeting occurred, there was work going on, including with Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort, to make sure the president's electoral success was going to be matched at the Republican National Convention.

In response to Giuliani's claims this weekend that Cohen had violated the privilege, Cohen's attorney Lanny Davis issued a statement calling Giuliani "confused". Around the same time, Donald Trump Jr. appeared on Fox News and stated that the meeting turned out to be about "Russian adoption".

Nunberg also criticized the varying responses from the White House when news of the Trump Tower meeting first broke a year ago, saying, "I had a feeling they weren't being clear and they were making a mountain out of a mole hill".

Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr. and their lawyer have repeatedly denied that Trump knew about the May 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.

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Michael Cohen arrives to court in NY on May 30, 2018.

Cohen lawyer Guy Petrillo did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

In an interview with ABC News earlier this month, Cohen declined to answer if Trump knew about the Trump Tower meeting in advance, citing the advice of his lawyers and the ongoing investigation.

Trump complained that he had returned from a trip Midwest Thursday "only to be greeted with the ridiculous news" that Mueller and his team "cannot find Collusion... so now they are looking at my Tweets (along with 53 million other people)".

Legal experts told Business Insider last week that they found it weird that Cohen felt the need to record a conversation with Trump, and some said they had never heard of an attorney secretly recording a client.

"...The only Collusion with Russian Federation was with the Democrats, so now they are looking at my Tweets (along with 53 million other people) - the rigged Witch Hunt continues!"

"(T) he rigged Witch Hunt continues!" he complained, adding: "How stupid and unfair to our Country".

On Friday, The New York Times reported that Cohen secretly recorded a conversation with Trump two months before the 2016 presidential election.

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