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Michael Cohen's lawyer walks back claim Trump knew of Russia meeting

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The Bermudian journalist is one of many reporters who the U.S. President has criticized, with President Trump frequently complaining about the media, and even labeling the press as the "enemy of the people" on multiple occasions.

The Daniels payment was charged as an excessive personal contribution and the National Enquirer money was charged as an unlawful corporate contribution, both "for the principle goal of influencing the election", Cohen said in court.

"My observation is that Michael Cohen knows information that would be of interest to the special counsel, in my opinion, regarding both knowledge about a conspiracy to corrupt American democracy by the Russians and the failure to report that knowledge to the FBI", Davis told MSNBC.

CNN reported last month that Cohen was claiming to have witnessed Trump being informed of the Russians' offer by Trump Jr. and that the then-candidate approved the meeting.

Jared Kushner, and Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort met with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer with extensive ties to the Kremlin.

Mr Weisselberg's voice can reportedly be heard on a tape secretly recorded by Cohen in which hush money payments to alleged lovers of Mr Trump are discussed.

"I should have been more clear - including with you - that I could not independently confirm what happened", Davis told the paper. "But I am not sure". "I regret my error".

The results come after two prominent figures in Mr. Trump's business world were caught up in federal investigators' case against Mr. Cohen.

"I don't think we should be talking about it and embracing it before we've seen the full body of evidence", Schiff, a former prosecutor, said of impeaching the president.

"All they had was her name", Giuliani said. A co-operation deal between Weisselberg and prosecutors could be damaging to the president given the executive's longtime role in Trump's business affairs.

Although Trump cannot be indicted as a sitting president, his businesses can be, Dershowitz warned. "I like to know all the facts before I make a judgment". "Just another phony story by the Fake News Media!"

CNN said it stands by the story, which included reporting from Pulitzer Prize-winning Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein.

Davis primarily functions as a spokesman for Cohen, with the bulk of the actual legal work being done by NY lawyer, Guy Petrillo, who used to work for the Manhattan office now leading the prosecution.

But on "Route 51", a WPR talk show, Duffy questioned whether the plea deal that Cohen reached implicated the president in any wrongdoing, saying Trump might have made the payments to adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, better known as Stormy Daniels, and former Playboy model Karen McDougal only to hide the affairs from his wife, first lady Melania Trump.