US President Donald Trump on Friday denied that he knew in advance about the meeting his son had with a Russian lawyer ahead of the 2016 US presidential election.
Trump's current attorney, Rudy Giuliani, said Cohen doesn't know what Trump knew about the Russian Federation meeting and suggested Cohen is willing to say anything about Trump to cut a better deal for himself.
A federal jury investigating one of President Donald Trump's former lawyers, Michael Cohen (right), has subpoenaed the chief financial officer of his company, Allen Weisselberg, to testify. "If they rely on him ... it would destroy whatever case they have".
Trump Jr. had previously confirmed the meeting by tweeting out an email exchange between himself and publicist Rob Goldstone. The emails, which were later released, show that Trump Jr. was offered documents and information that "would incriminate" Clinton and that the offer was "part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump". Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort were also present at the meeting.
The sudden focus on discrediting Trump's longtime lawyer suggests the investigations into Cohen and Russian election interference could come down, in part, to Cohen's credibility.
When news of the meeting broke in July last year, the president repeatedly claimed he was never aware of it until a year later, but several critics cast doubt on these claims.
Cohen is under investigation in New York's Southern District for bank fraud and campaign finance law violations.
News also reported that Cohen was willing to speak to Meuller about his claims, citing its own "knowledgeable source" on Thursday night.
Mueller, who has led the Justice Department's probe into Russian meddling, is also looking into any links between the Russians and the Trump presidential campaign.The probe is also scrutinizing whether Trump sought to obstruct justice by firing Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in 2017 and otherwise undermining other Justice Department officials.
Trump, who stands accused of pliancy towards Russian President Vladimir Putin, insists no president has been as "tough" on Russia and denies any collusion between his campaign and Moscow.
He continued to say he was "not worried" about Cohen's claims "at all". 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.
"We wouldn't consider it in our best interest to share confidential information with them and they would feel the same way".
The quiet feud between the pair was catapulted into the national spotlight this week with the airing of a taped conversation the two men had in 2016 about payments revolved around Karen McDougal, a former Playmate who alleges to have had an affair with Trump. He once said that he would "take a bullet" for Trump.
"So proud of Donald Trump Jr for being open, honest and transparent to the American people", Cohen tweeted.
He was involved in most financings, especially complex deals, according to the same source, who also points out that Trump Organization employees would routinely seek advice from Weisselberg.
"Trump tweeted. "(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!"