Ex-Trump lawyer weighs his options

Larry Hoffman
July 29, 2018

Mr Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has blasted Mr Cohen in response, reiterating their ongoing line that the president knew nothing about the Trump Tower meeting. Cohen has told people that Trump approved going ahead with the meeting with the Russians.

However, Rivera added that it is a "shaky proposition" that Trump had knowledge of a Trump Tower meeting between son Donald Jr. and a Russian national, as Cohen has posited.

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"Sounds to me like someone is trying to make up stories in order to get himself out of an unrelated jam", Trump said.

Responding to the CNN report on Thursday, Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said Cohen was lying. This is the kind of witness that can really destroy your whole case, because any finder of fact loses confidence in the case when you rely on a guy like this.

The Trump Tower meeting was arranged by British music promoter, Rob Goldstone, who told Trump Jr that he had "information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russian Federation and would be very useful to your father". The meeting was premised on the expectation that Russians would offer campaign dirt on Hillary Clinton, and it's become a key focus of Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Moscow.

Mr Cohen did not immediately return a request for comment on Mr Trump's tweet.

The remarkable about-face followed a year-and-a-half during which Cohen had grown increasingly estranged from Trump since the real estate mogul moved into the White House, leaving Cohen behind in NY with the title - but little of the responsibility - of personal attorney to the President and progressively dwindling access.

That's no doubt a reference to the financial and legal troubles Cohen faces in relation to his time as a New York City taxi mogul.

In an interview early this month, Cohen said his family and the country commanded his "first loyalty", raising the prospect he could be preparing to cooperate with prosecutors.

During Trump's presidential campaign, his team denied any knowledge of the deal between McDougal and American Media, the parent company.

President Donald Trump's ex-lawyer has largely stayed out of the spotlight in the months since federal agents raided his office and hotel room and seized scores of records about his work for Trump. Giuliani also said that Cohen has been described as a "pathological liar". His father used a blocked phone number at his home at the time, according to former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. On Tuesday, the lawyer for Cohen, Lanny Davis, supplied Cuomo with an audio recording of Cohen's conversation with Trump about purchasing the rights to former Playboy model Karen McDougal's story of her 2006 affair with Trump.

A potential slippery slope for Trump, this person said, is that his personal finances were so closely tied to the Trump Organization's finances - "Donald Trump is the Trump Organization". "We are very confident of the accuracy and reliability of the information that has been provided by Mr. Trump, Jr., and on his behalf".

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

Trump also lashed out at Mueller in reaction to the news that Mueller has been reviewing Trump's Twitter feed as part of the investigation into obstruction of justice.

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