A furious President Donald Trump and his allies are launching a campaign to undermine the credibility of Trump’s former personal lawyer and confidant, Michael Cohen, in response to Cohen’s dramatic public turn against his longtime patron.
Trump, who has privately fumed about Cohen for days, trashed his former lawyer in a Friday tweet while angrily denying his explosive allegation that Trump knew of and approved a July 2016 meeting between senior members of his presidential campaign, including his son and a Russian attorney who had promised dirt on Hillary Clinton.
“So the Fake News doesn’t waste my time with dumb questions, NO, I did NOT know of the meeting with my son, Don jr,” Trump wrote.
“Sounds to me like someone is trying to make up stories in order to get himself out of an unrelated jam (Taxi cabs maybe?),” he added, alluding to his longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen. “He even retained Bill and Crooked Hillary’s lawyer. Gee, I wonder if they helped him make the choice!”
Trump’s blast followed blistering attacks on Cohen’s credibility by his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who charged on Thursday night that a man Trump long called a confidant is, in fact, a “pathological liar.”
CNN initially reported Thursday night that Cohen claims that he was present when Trump Jr. informed his father of the planned meeting, and that Trump approved it. Cohen allegedly is willing to share that version of events with Mueller, who is leading a federal probe into 2016 Russian election interference. A source with knowledge of the matter confirmed to POLITICO that Cohen is indeed making these allegations, while adding that he has not yet spoken to Mueller’s team about them.