Michael Cohen claims Donald Trump approved 2016 Trump Tower meeting
REVEALED: Michael Cohen is ‘prepared to tell Mueller that Trump KNEW about and APPROVED 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians offering dirt on Hillary’
- Cohen has claimed Donald Trump knew about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting
- He is also reportedly prepared to tell special counsel Robert Mueller that Trump approved the meeting between his campaign staffers and the Russians
- During meeting, Russians were expected to dish out dirt on Hillary Clinton
- Donald Trump Jr, Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort were all present at meeting
Michael Cohen is reportedly prepared to tell special counsel Robert Mueller that then-candidate Donald Trump knew and approved the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Russians and his campaign staffers.
Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney, alleged that Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr, was the one who informed him that the meeting would take place.
During the meeting, the Russians were expected to dish out dirt on Trump’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Don Jr, his brother-in-law Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort, who was Trump’s campaign chairman at the time, were all at the meeting.
Michael Cohen (left) has claimed that then-candidate Donald Trump approved the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Russians and his campaign staffers
Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney, alleged that Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr (pictured Thursday), was the one who informed him that the meeting would take place
There were four Russians in the room, including Natalia Veselnitskaya who reportedly has Kremlin ties.
According to CNN, sources claim that Cohen is willing to make that assertion to Mueller, but he doesn’t have evidence, such as audio recordings, to corroborate his claim.
‘He’s certainly a source that is not credible,’ Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, told Chris Cuomo on CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time.
‘Michael Cohen can’t be believed unless it’s corroborated five times,’ Giuliani said.
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‘I talked to the president about this at length before as well as other witnesses and it’s not true. Why would you expect it would be true from someone like Cohen? A lawyer who would tape their own client is a lawyer without any character,’ he added.
Cohen did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The president has previously denied knowing in advance that the meeting was going to take place, and he has denied that there was any collusion between his campaign and Russia.
Moscow has also denied meddling in the election.
During the meeting, the Russians were expected to dish out dirt on Trump’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. There were four Russians in the room, including Natalia Veselnitskaya who reportedly has Kremlin ties
Don Jr told investigators from the Senate Judiciary Committee in September 2017 that he did not tell his father about the meeting beforehand, according to documents released by the committee.
Alan Futerfas, a lawyer for the Trump Organization and Don Jr, told Reuters: ‘Donald Trump Jr has been professional and responsible throughout the Mueller and Congressional investigations.
‘We are very confident of the accuracy and reliability of the information that has been provided by Mr Trump, Jr, and on his behalf.’
For months, the president’s legal team, the White House press secretary and others in Trump’s orbit said he did not dictate or help draft a June 2017 statement trying to explain the Trump Tower meeting between his eldest son and a Russian lawyer.
Turns out, that wasn’t true.
‘He’s certainly a source that is not credible,’ Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, told Chris Cuomo on CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time
‘Michael Cohen can’t be believed unless it’s corroborated five times,’ Giuliani added
In a January letter to Mueller, Trump’s lawyers said the president ‘dictated a short but accurate response’ to the first report that his son, Don Jr, and others had met with the Russian lawyer during the 2016 presidential election.
The New York Times revealed the existence of the letter last month. The Trump Tower meeting – and the White House’s initial response to the first reports of the meeting – has been a key moment in Mueller’s investigation into whether anyone on the campaign colluded with Russia and whether Trump obstructed justice.
In the initial written statement from Don Jr on June 8, 2017, he said the Trump Tower gathering was a ‘short introductory meeting’ focused on a disbanded program that had allowed American adoptions of Russian children.
Moscow ended the adoptions in response to Magnitsky Act sanctions created in response to alleged human rights violations in Russia.
While the Magnitsky Act was discussed, it was later revealed that the meeting was held on the promise of damaging information about Clinton.
Don Jr did not mention the promise of dirt on Clinton until a statement the next day.
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