Trump denies knowing about son's meeting with Russians, despite Cohen's claim

US President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen said that Trump knew in advance about a June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower

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

The former New York City mayor also confirmed the existence of additional "Cohen tapes", contending they mostly consist of secret recordings between Cohen and reporters discussing business pertinent to the McDougal and Stormy Daniels situations.

Cohen reached out to ex-Trump aide Steven Bannon, according to the report, who has, like Cohen, been exiled from the president's inner circle. "No, I didn't know anything about the meeting", he told The New York Times during an interview in July 2017.

Phone records then show that Trump Jr. called Agalarov back at 4:31 p.m.

Trump and his legal team have consistently denied that he had any knowledge of the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower.

"Donald Trump Jr. has been professional and responsible throughout the Mueller and Congressional investigations", said Alan Futerfas, a lawyer for Donald Trump Jr.

"I have no concerns that Michael Cohen is going to do anything but tell the truth, and if he does, as I said, there's no suggestion that anything happened", Giuliani said at the time.

"He wasn't aware of it", Don Jr. said of his father during an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee late previous year.

On Friday, Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said he was representing three additional women who also allegedly made payments to hide affairs with Trump.

Cohen did not specifically refer to the alleged exchange between Trump and his eldest son during his testimony to the House Intelligence Committee previous year, according to people familiar with his appearance.

Mr Trump also used the briefing to again thank North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for the return of United States servicemen killed during the Korean War.

Trump Jr., his brother-in-law Jared Kushner, and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort were known to have attended the meeting with Kremlin-linked attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya.

CNN and NBC News reported that Cohen was willing to attest what he knows to Mueller, but CNN said the long-time Trump fixer does not have evidence, such as audio recordings, to corroborate his claim.

Cohen recently turned to prominent attorney and lobbyist Lanny Davis, a long-time associate of Bill and Hillary Clinton, to represent him.

"I didn't think Giuliani knew how to handle a case from the defense perspective".

The intensifying hostility between Trump and his former lawyer comes as Cohen is under federal investigation for possible bank fraud and campaign finance violations. "Gee, I wonder if they helped him make the choice!"

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

The potential problem with that argument is that for those "years" that Giuliani is referring to, Cohen was one of Trump's closest advisers. If it's true, though, it raises questions about what Donald Trump Jr. has said in past testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and other things.

Trump has consistently denied that he knew about the meeting, and he did so again on Friday.

Echoing his previous complaints, the President called Robert Mueller's investigation a "rigged witch hunt" under the control of "13 angry Democrats".

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