Ex-lawyer says Trump knew of 2016 meeting with Russians

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Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti once again taunted Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani for his latest interview on CNN, in which the former NY mayor admitted he couldn't know for sure if Trump had been telling the truth about not knowing about the infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russian agents.

Cohen is under federal investigation for bank fraud as well as possible campaign finance violations, and FBI agents are scrutinizing whether he had inflated the value of his taxi medallion business to seek additional financing.

Michael Cohen (above) secretly recorded Trump in a 2016 conversation about a payment to quash affair allegations.

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani did a marathon circuit on the Sunday shows, showing his face on multiple networks to convince viewers that Michael Cohen is untrustworthy in an attempt to undermine his credibility before he inflicts more damage on President Donald Trump.

The former NY mayor's criticisms of Cohen come just a few months after he called him "an honest, honorable lawyer" in a separate ABC News interview.

"Now he's saying [Cohen] has been lying for years, and President Trump is bringing up that Cohen said that Don Jr. was an honest broker just last year".

If Mueller wrote a report with the intention that all or part of it might become public, however - imagine a giant criminal complaint, intended not for a judge but for Congress or all Americans, with the idea that its readers could take action based on its findings - the Cohen and other evidence could appear there. "Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client - totally unheard of & perhaps illegal".

Cohen did not return a request for comment on Trump's tweet or the CNN report.

President Donald Trump stands on stage during a speech about trade at U.S. Steel's Granite City Works steel mill in Granite City, Ill., July 26, 2018. Trump has denied knowing in advance about the meeting.

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"You said Michael Cohen was very loyal and devoted to Trump", host Chuck Todd said to Nunberg.

Alan Futerfas, a lawyer for the Trump Organization and Donald Trump Jr., told Reuters, "Donald Trump Jr. has been professional and responsible throughout the Mueller and Congressional investigations". Giuliani continued, "One is with the President of the United States".

"I like him personally", Nunberg said.

When asked about that and other matters, the normally press-friendly Davis on Friday did an abrupt about-face and told the AP he was now "completely barred from talking to the media".

The leak fanned speculation about how much damage Cohen can inflict on the president and whether he is now mulling a cooperation deal with federal prosecutors.

Giuliani's appearance on Sunday came after he told ABC News Trump's legal team had split with Cohen and ended the joint defense agreement the two parties previously shared.

Graham noted Sunday that Cohen already has testified before Congress about conversations he had with Trump.

"(T) he rigged Witch Hunt continues!" he complained, adding: "How stupid and unfair to our Country".

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