by Tyler Durden
President Trump’s former longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, is prepared to tell special counsel Robert Mueller that then-candidate Donald Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 Trump tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Fusion GPS associate Natalia Veselnitskaya – who is not a fan of Trump Sr., and several other individuals – including Cohen who says he was there, reports CNN.
Cohen alleges that he was present, along with several others, when Trump was informed of the Russians’ offer by Trump Jr. By Cohen’s account, Trump approved going ahead with the meeting with the Russians, according to sources. -CNN
The claim that Trump knew, if true, would contradict denials by Donald Trump Jr. and other administration officials who have previously said that Donald Trump was unaware of the meeting. The sources say that Cohen does not have evidence to support this claim, but that he’s willing to attest to his account.
According to people who have discussed the matter with Cohen, he has expressed hope that this claim about the Trump Tower meeting will help him reach out to Mueller and possibly lessen his legal troubles. He’s under scrutiny by federal prosecutors in Manhattan after Mueller referred Cohen’s case to them. -CNN
President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani said of Cohen: “He’s certainly a source that is not credible.”
On July 12 of last year, Trump said of the meeting that he “only heard about it two or three days ago,” while one week later repeating that he “didn’t know anything about the meeting” because “nobody told me” about it.
Perhaps the largest denial of Trump’s knowledge, however, comes directly from Donald Trump Jr., who said during Congressional Testimony: “He wasn’t aware of it,” adding “And, frankly, by the time anyone was aware of it, which was summer of this year, as I stated earlier, I wouldn’t have wanted to get him involved in it because it had nothing to do with him.”
Alan Fuertes, an attorney for Donald Trump Jr. said: “Donald Trump Jr. has been professional and responsible throughout the Mueller and Congressional investigations … We are very confident of the accuracy and reliability of the information that has been provided by Mr. Trump, Jr., and on his behalf.”
The Trump Tower meeting was arranged by Fusion GPS associate Rob Goldstone, who said during Congressional testimony reviewed by Breitbart that he believes the June 9, 2016 meeting was a “bait and switch” by a Russian lobbyist who promised “dirt” on Hillary Clinton, and admitted that he used hyperbolic language on purpose to ensure that the meeting would take place.