Giuliani: 'Somebody played around' with Trump tape

Trump denies foreknowledge of meeting with Russians

"No, I didn't know anything about the meeting", Trump told The New York Times that month.

Cohen's friends and associates said that as he has fallen deeper into legal trouble this year, the NY lawyer still held onto hope that he would receive Trump's support. "If they rely on him ... it would destroy whatever case they have". His attorney Lanny Davis declined to comment on the report, as did spokeswomen for Mueller and the US attorney in Manhattan.

Federal prosecutors in NY are investigating Mr Cohen for possible bank and tax fraud, and for possible campaign law violations linked to a $130,000 ($AU169,000) payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels, a person familiar with the investigation said.

Michael Cohen was not present at the Trump Tower meeting and has yet to offer any evidence to support his claim that Trump knew about it in advance.

A source told the network Cohen, Trump's former lawyer, alleges that he witnessed Donald Trump Jr. telling his father about the meeting before it happened. Cohen says Trump then made a decision to go ahead with the meeting.

As recently as May, Giuliani called Cohen "an honest, honorable lawyer".

One Republican source intimately involved in NY politics told CNN that it was Cohen who called him in 2013 to pass along the message that Trump was interested in running for governor.

"I don't see how he's got any credibility", Giuliani added.

"He's been lying all week, or two weeks, he's been lying for years", Giuliani told CNN's Chris Cuomo shortly after the report was published. "When you rely on a guy where, before you're finished with this, you're going to have such a string of lies you just can't trust him".

"I did it on my own", Cohen said about the payment in the recording, according to the newspaper. Davis declined to comment on the CNN report Thursday night. There were four Russians in the room, including a lawyer with Kremlin ties, a businessman who worked for an oligarch and a lobbyist with old KGB connections.

Trump denies foreknowledge of meeting with Russians
Ex-Trump lawyer weighs his options

The president's son has said since that no "meaningful information" was offered and that the meeting focused mostly on adoptions of Russian children.

The official story later changed.

Trump Jr. had previously confirmed the meeting by tweeting out an email exchange between himself and publicist Rob Goldstone. Trump. Jr. responded, "if it's what you say, I love it", and started to arrange the meeting. Cohen told Trump that he had discussed with Weisselberg financing to buy the rights to McDougal's story from the publisher of the National Enquirer.

"My father knew nothing of the meeting or of these events", he said in a statement issued July 9, 2017. Trump has denied knowing in advance about the meeting. At 4:04 p.m. on that day, phone records show that Agalarov called Trump Jr.; the call lasted up to 2 minutes.

"Give it to me", Trump says.

At one time, Giuliani said he hoped to make a final decision on whether or not Trump testifies by July 4.

On Sunday, the president resurfaced an old tweet from Cohen in which the president's longtime fixer praised Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr.

"Donald Trump Jr. has been professional and responsible throughout the Mueller and Congressional investigations", said Alan Futerfas, a lawyer for Donald Trump Jr.

"We wouldn't consider it in our best interest to share confidential information with them and they would feel the same way".

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