Trump Tweets Cohen Taping 'Perhaps Illegal' but Denies Own Wrongdoing

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After a week of revelations that suggest Michael Cohen may have turned on Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, the President's current lawyer, argued that Trump's former attorney wasn't credible and has "lied all his life".

Cohen lawyer Guy Petrillo did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

CBS News' Elections and Survey's Director Anthony Salvanto reports that this speaks to how Trump's strongest backers feel such a personal connection with the president and want to defend him against what they perceive as being a politically motivated witch hunt.

But in May, the committee released more than 1,800 pages of testimony from Donald Trump Jr. and others who were present for the 2016 Trump Tower meeting. They included Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman who is now in jail awaiting trial; Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son; Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law; Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer and lobbyist with close ties to the Kremlin; Rinat Akhmetshin, a Russian-American lawyer and former Soviet counterintelligence officer; Rob Goldstone, a publicist for Emin Agalarov, who is connected to Donald Trump Jr.'s attorney; and Ike Kaveladze, a Georgian-American executive at Aras Agalarov's real estate company.

In April, Trump said in a tweet that Cohen is "a fine person ... who I have always liked & respected". Cohen reportedly alleges that he and several others were in the room when Trump gave the go-ahead to his son to have the meeting with the Russians, according to anonymous sources close to Cohen.

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"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", Trump Jr. added. "Gee, I wonder if they helped him make the choice!" A statement from Donald Trump Jr. one day earlier made no mention of Clinton. Cohen is facing a federal criminal investigation as well as legal scrutiny for NY taxicab companies he owns.

However, he pointed out that matters likely changed when Cohen's home and offices were raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and he does agree that there was probably more included on the released tape.

"Arrived back in Washington last night from a very emotional reopening of a major U.S. Steel plant in Granite City, Illinois, only to be greeted with the ridiculous news that the highly conflicted Robert Mueller and his gang of 13 Angry Democrats obviously can not find Collusion...", Trump tweeted. How stupid and unfair to our Country....

The New York Times reported Thursday about the Mueller investigation's interest in the president's tweets.

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