Then, citing sources with knowledge of the situation, CNN reported that Cohen claimed Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower in which Russians were expected to offer up dirt about Hillary Clinton to his campaign.
Michael Cohen, the president's former longtime attorney and fixer, is claiming that Donald Trump knew and approved of a meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer - and he is willing to tell investigators about what he knows, according to multiple reports.
And then on Tuesday night, Cohen authorized his lawyer, Lanny Davis, to release a recording indicating that Trump knew about payments made to keep former Playboy model Karen McDougal's allegations of an affair with Trump out of the public eye. Trump had also denied knowledge of that payment.
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.
Democrats said the Cohen news, if true, means the Judiciary Committee needs to call Trump Jr. back for more questions. Sen.
He also told CNN: "He's been lying all week, he's been lying for years".
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In fact, one thing after another - Trump publicly minimizing Cohen's work for him over the years and brashly predicting Cohen would never "flip"; Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, saying Cohen has no valuable information about Trump - indicated to Cohen that he had, in fact, been "left on his own".
Noting that Cohen himself is under federal investigation, Trump tweeted at one point: "Sounds to me like someone is trying to make up stories in order to get himself out of an unrelated jam (Taxi cabs maybe?)".
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".
A former Trump Organisation employee told CNN his being subpoenaed is the "ultimate nightmare scenario for Trump", because Mr Weisselberg knows "anything and everything" about the financial details of the organisation.
Raddatz asked Abrams and Chris Christie, a former USA prosecutor and New Jersey governor who is an ABC News contributor, for their thoughts on the Trump team's legal strategy in regard to Cohen.
Donald Trump Jr. has repeatedly denied that he told his father in advance about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting.
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Cohen has told associates he is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller in the Russian Federation investigation.
Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal attorney, said Cohen is not credible and that the exchange described by Cohen did not take place.
Asked about former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's upcoming trial, Giuliani told CNN "New Day" co-anchor Alisyn Camerota that Manafort "was not involved with intimate business relationships with Donald Trump". Mr Trump has denied the affair.
At one time, Giuliani said he hoped to make a final decision on whether or not Trump testifies by July 4. The exchange makes it very clear that he was expecting to receive damaging information about Clinton as part of the Russian government's support for Trump as a candidate. But he also left open the possibility that Trump might have known but later forgot about it.
Sources tell CNN numerous tapes include discussions with reporters and conversations relating to President Trump. In a series of tweets Friday morning, the president said, "The highly conflicted Robert Mueller and his gang of 13 Angry Democrats obviously can not find Collusion" and "the only Collusion with Russian Federation was with the Democrats".
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