Legal implications of secret tape on Trump or Cohen unclear

President Trump Denies Claims He Knew About Meeting With Russians

What is Michael Cohen up to?

Cohen was in the room when Trump was told of it. But this week, he has taken a sharply more aggressive and public turn, seeming to wage open warfare with the White House while weighing whether to cooperate with investigators. But his behavior doesn't quite line up with a clear strategy, legal experts say. Weisselberg has been a fixture within the Trump Organization for decades and worked for the president's father, Fred Trump, before ultimately joining the Trump Organization.

The quiet feud between the pair was catapulted into the national spotlight this week with the airing of a taped conversation the two men had in 2016 about payments revolved around Karen McDougal, a former Playmate who alleges to have had an affair with Trump.

Donald Trump's onetime attorney Michael Cohen says he is prepared to tell the Federal Bureau of Investigation that Trump knew about and approved the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower at which a Russian delegation had offered dirt on Democrats to Donald Trump Jr. and other Trump campaign heavies, CNN reports.

The sources said Cohen does not have any evidence, including tapes, to back up his claims.

In his Fox appearance on Sunday, Giuliani said Trump felt "disappointed" that his former ally had turned against him, acknowledging the split that now existed between Trump and Cohen while saying they did not feel "at war" with Cohen at this point.

There is no recording of the alleged meeting, CNN and NBC reported.

Federal prosecutors in NY are investigating Cohen for possible bank and tax fraud, and for possible campaign law violations linked to a $130,000 payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels, who has claimed she had a sexual encounter with Trump, and other matters related to Trump's campaign, a person familiar with the investigation has told Reuters.

By Cohen's account, Trump approved going ahead with the meeting with the Russians, CNN reported citing sources. Defendants looking for lenient deals through their cooperation usually have better luck if they come through the government's door earlier in an investigation.

His lawyer, Davis, a Democrat once known as a fierce defender of President Bill Clinton, would not comment on whether Cohen was fishing for a deal.

Trump has consistently denied that he knew about the meeting, and he did so again on Friday. "He hit the reset button on his life and what he had done previously".

"Robert Mueller and his gang of 13 Angry Democrats obviously can not find Collusion", Trump said during a new set of tweets, so "now they are looking at my Tweets (along with 53 million other people)".

Giuliani contended that Cohen is obviously out to hurt his former client. But a person close to Mr. Cohen downplayed the possibility. But Veselnitskaya said in April that she had been "actively communicating" with the Russian prosecutor general since 2013.

This comes as ABC News has learned that Cohen claims that President Trump knew about the infamous Trump Tower meeting in advance. It's a "high stakes gambit" that could backfire if he's angling to become a cooperator, Mintz said.

"We have complained to them that he's violated the attorney-client privilege, publicly and privately".

It's unclear if Cohen has any legally damning information to provide special counsel Robert Mueller about Trump.

'There's a lot there for them to investigate.

Trump and his legal team have consistently denied that he had any knowledge of the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower. If he mentioned the crucial detail to House investigators it was not included in their massive report.

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