A report Thursday says that Michael Cohen, the former lawyer for President Donald Trump, will testify that the president knew about a meeting with Russians he has previously claimed he knew nothing about.
Here's what the report says
The controversial meeting took place in June 2016 at Trump Tower and was attended by Donald Trump Jr., publicist Rob Goldstone, Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, and various Russians with connections to the Russian government.
Trump Jr. admitted that he was seeking damaging information about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton ahead of the election. In emails that he posted to his Twitter account, Trump Jr. had accepted the meeting organized by Goldstone, who said the information was coming from the Russian government. He also claimed Russia supported Trump's presidential campaign.
President Trump was asked about the meeting and said that he did not know about it when it occurred. Cohen's testimony would run contrary to that statement.
According to sources who spoke to CNN, Cohen is willing to testify that he was present when Trump Jr. told then-candidate Trump about the meeting, and that he saw Trump approve of the meeting.
However, the report indicates that Cohen does not have evidence of his claim apart from his testimony.
Trump Jr. later said that the meeting was a waste of time and that he received no information from the Russians.
Here's what Trump's lawyer responded
In a combative interview on CNN Thursday, Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, called Cohen a liar and an unreliable witness. He said that Cohen lacked all credibility, and that it could actually damage any case if his testimony was included.
"I don't see how he has any credibility," Giuliani said. "There's nobody that I know that knows him that hasn't warned me that if his back is to the wall, he'll lie like crazy, because he's lied all his life."
Here's what Cohen's lawyer responded
Lanny Davis, Cohen's lawyer, accused the Trump legal team of leaking the report.
Statement from Michael Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis: “I cannot comment. And I have to wonder why the Trump people… https://t.co/67YJXWQqfU— Geoff Bennett (@Geoff Bennett)1532655349.0
“I cannot comment," Davis said. "And I have to wonder why the Trump people would put that out. It was not from us.”