The June 2016 Trump Tower meeting was held between Donald Trump Jr, Jared Kushner, then-Campaign Manager Paul Manafort, Natalia Veselnitskaya (a Russian lawyer and self-described informant), and Russian operatives.
But according to CNN and NBC, Mr Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen, who has fallen out with the president, claims he was present when Donald Jr. told his father about the Russians' offer to meet, and Mr Trump approved it.
One Cohen tape that has surfaced reflects him and Trump in a 2016 discussion that appears to concern a woman who claimed to have had an affair with Trump. "So we don't just acknowledge though the basis for that", Giuliani said. The moves suggest Cohen is looking for a way out of looming trouble. Federal investigators seized millions of records during a raid on his home and office in April, including recordings of conversations Cohen had made. Mr. Giuliani said. "What was eliminated?" But Cohen has no paperwork, audio recordings or other hard evidence to back up his story, CNN also reported. Giuliani continued, "One is with the President of the United States".
Nunberg defended the president and said recent revelations of a taped conversation between Trump and Cohen was going "too far".
Cohen, whose business dealings are being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has longtime dealings in the taxi industry and owns several medallions for New York City yellow cabs that allow them to pick up passengers on the street.
Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, however, referred to Giuliani as "confused", adding that the President "expressly waived attorney client privilege last week and repeatedly and inaccurately - as proven by the tape - talked and talked about the recording, forfeiting all confidentiality". As recently as May, Giuliani called Cohen "an honest, honorable lawyer".
On Twitter Friday morning, Trump also lashed out at the Mueller probe and suggested, without evidence, that in fact it was Democrats and not his own campaign that had colluded with Russian Federation to interfere in the 2016 election.
In addition to publicly coming out against Trump's actions, like the "zero tolerance" immigration policy, Cohen recently told ABC News George Stephanopoulos that his family "and this country" have his "first loyalty".