Giuliani seeks to quell speculation over Cohen

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US President Donald Trump says he did not know about the 2016 meeting his son Donald Trump Jr and other campaign staff held at Trump Tower with a group of Russians who offered to provide damaging information about Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

"I think that Donald Trump Jr. said previous year, the meeting was about 20 minutes", said Scaramucci.

Robert Mintz, a former federal prosecutor now in private practice, said Cohen "seems to be taking a page out of President Trump's playbook by having his lawyers aggressively respond in the media to attacks on his credibility and reputation".

"Sounds to me like someone is trying to make up stories in order to get himself out of an unrelated jam (Taxi cabs maybe?)" Trump tweeted. "He even retained Bill and Crooked Hillary's lawyer".

CNN recently released an audio recording of Michael Cohen and President Trump discussing the hush money payment of former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who allegedly had an affair with Trump 10 years ago.

As the two sides head toward a confrontation over a presidential interview, White House lawyer Emmet Flood and other Trump attorneys are strategizing about how to handle a subpoena from Mueller that would seek to compel Trump to testify.

Giuliani told Fox News there are additional "Cohen tapes", but he said the now-public Trump-Cohen tape is the only one involving the president. If Mr. Cohen, who specialised in making deals and making Mr. Trump's problems go away, were to cut a deal, he would do so with an eye toward eliminating or cutting his potential punishment.

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Avenatti isn't buying any of that, and on Thursday, he demanded that Cohen and President Trump "release the information to the American people now, enough with the games", he said.

Ms Daniels filed a separate defamation suit against Mr Trump in NY, alleging the president libelled her by saying she lied about a man she claims threatened her to force her to keep quiet about the alleged affair with Mr Trump. Cohen reportedly says Trump greenlit the meeting.

"These tapes completely demonstrate the president did nothing wrong", Giuliani said on "Fox News Sunday". But he did not offer evidence to back up those assertions.

On Sunday, the former White House communications director Anthony Scarmucci, who only served in office for 11 days, noted that President Trump and Cohen used to be "very loyal to each other", but added that things have drastically changed since the Federal Bureau of Investigation raids in April.

Michael Cohen, who may be about to flip on President Trump, starting becoming disenchanted with his former client before the presidential election. Earlier this month, however, he said that his loyalty is first to his family and country, not the President.

In his Fox appearance on Sunday, Giuliani said Trump felt "disappointed" that his former ally had turned against him, acknowledging the split that now existed between Trump and Cohen while saying they did not feel "at war" with Cohen at this point.

"Obviously, if I knew that I never would have said he was a reputable lawyer, I'd have said he was a scoundrel". "He's contradicted himself so many times, you'd begin the cross-examination by saying 'which lies are you going to tell us today, Michael?'"

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