Trump denies knowing of 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians

The president touted his trade policies during a visit to a steel plant in Illinois

"Sounds to me like someone is trying to make up stories in order to get himself out of an unrelated jam", Trump said.

"So yeah, it would be embarrassing if it turns out to be true", he concluded, "it isn't helpful to Donald Trump, but it doesn't seem to me that it hurts him in a legal sense".

The June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr and Natalia Veselnitskaya - who says she was not acting on behalf of the Russian government - was allegedly set up to glean compromising information on the opposing Clinton campaign.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 26, 2016, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (R) stands with his son Donald Trump Jr. after the first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

Michael Cohen was not present at the Trump Tower meeting and has yet to offer any evidence to support his claim that Trump knew about it in advance.

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

"By Cohen's account, Trump approved going ahead with the meeting with the Russians", CNN notes, citing sources familiar with Cohen's claim.

Davis, who worked for the Bill Clinton White House, told ABC that Cohen had more tapes.

Trump Jr. testified past year to the Senate Judiciary Committee that his father had no knowledge of the meeting with the Russians. "I'm starting to think Trump doesn't hire all the best people", he joked, laughing.

In other tweets, he attacked "the Fake News" for asking "dumb questions" and again decried special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into his campaign's ties to Russian Federation as "a rigged Witch Hunt".

"He can not be believed", Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for Trump, said referring to Cohen. The testimony would be contrary to many statements made by the president about the meeting.

"I don't see how he's got any credibility", the former New York City mayor said.

Fusion GPS is the company that had been retained by Democratic operatives to develop opposition research on President Trump, and had also commissioned Christopher Steele's dossier on the then-candidate.

In this photo, taken September 19, 2017, Michael Cohen arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Stone said Trump Jr. did nothing illegal, but was disappointed that there was no information being given about Clinton.

"But after it was revealed last week that Cohen recorded Trump discussing arranging a payment to purchase the rights to a former Playboy models' story of her alleged affair with Trump, Giuliani sharply changed his narrative, now painting him as a "pathological liar." Trump Jr. told Senate investigators his father "wasn't aware of it".

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