Michael Cohen tape fuels debate about Trump, cash and credibility

Michael Cohen and Allen Weisselberg

Trump himself has flatly denied ever having an affair with Clifford or knowing about any payment made to Clifford by Cohen or himself, Trump initially claimed to have only heard the news of the payment and affair from media reports after the fact.

After a week of revelations that suggest Michael Cohen may have turned on Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, the President's current lawyer, argued that Trump's former attorney wasn't credible and has "lied all his life". "Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client - totally unheard of & perhaps illegal".

Giuliani briefly described his view of some of those conversations, claiming that Cohen's statements on them "take it right out of the campaign contribution arsenal" and could protect the president from being scrutinized for campaign finance law violations.

Cohen has said he and a number of other people were present when Donald Trump Jr. informed his father about the offer from the Russians - adding that the then-Republican candidate approved the meet, according to CNN.

Also on Sunday, Giuliani also said he is still in talks with special counsel Robert Mueller about possible testimony from Trump.

And he goes on in that tweet to accuse Cohen of lying to get out of considerable legal trouble.

Meanwhile, the Trump Organization is being put under the microscope as Allen Weisselberg, the company's chief financial officer, was called to testify before a grand jury in the Cohen investigation, The Wall Street Journal reported.

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. He didn't like the campaign, he said very derogatory things about the campaign.

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Saturday, Mr. Giuliani warned Michael Cohen about violating attorney-client privilege before his lawyer provided CNN with a private recording between the pair last week.

The role Cohen, a longtime personal confidant of Trump, might play in the Mueller probe is unknown.

Cohen's laywer, Lanny Davis, said his client is telling the truth about Trump, and wants to get his story out.

"I think the president is frustrated because he's got a great economic plan going", said Scaramucci. A list of potential questions for Trump compiled by the president's legal team following conversations with investigators and released earlier this year made clear that Mueller is interested in some of Trump's tweets to the extent they raise obstruction of justice concerns.

As David Graham of The Atlantic notes, while the Trump Tower meeting between Don Jr. and a Russian lawyer, lobbyist, and businessman with ties to the government does not demonstrate collusion in itself, it shows a "willingness by top campaign officials to collude".

Michael Cohen, second from left, leaves court in NY in May. "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?'"

The FBI months ago raided Cohen's home, office and hotel room, including in search of documents related to a $130,000 payment the attorney facilitated before the 2016 election to Stormy Daniels, the porn star who says she had sex with Trump in 2006.

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