Michael Cohen's attorney admitted he could not back up comments he made to media outlets about his client's claim then-presidential candidate Donald Trump knew in advance about his son's meeting with a Russian attorney.
The president's legal quandary in NY, meanwhile, continues to deepen after prosecutors there granted immunity last week to Allen Weisselberg, chief financial officer for the Trump Organization; and to David Pecker, a longtime Trump ally who is the executive of the National Enquirer's parent company.
Cohen had pleaded guilty to tax and campaign finance violations on Tuesday. He said recently he knew about payments "later on".
Special counsel Robert Mueller's team and attorneys for Paul Manafort engaged in an unsuccessful round of plea negotiations to head off a trial next month for charges he is facing in D.C., the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.
The Cohen case is unlikely to lead to legal consequences for Trump while he's in office, according to the Post.
"I think Michael gave bad lawyering to the President", he told The News. Both people, like others, spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to discuss private discussions.
He was summoned to testify earlier this year in the investigation into Cohen, Donald Trump's longtime former lawyer, U.S. media report.
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Among the expenses for which he was seeking reimbursement: $130,000 that he paid to Daniels to keep her quiet about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump. Last Thursday evening, the person said, dozens of staffers gathered on chief of staff John Kelly's porch to celebrate the recent birthdays of press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, senior policy adviser Stephen Miller and chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow.
The following day, The Washington Post reported that Cohen had told associates that he witnessed an exchange in which Trump Jr. told his father about an upcoming gathering in which he expected to get information about Clinton.
He also handled Trump's tax returns.
The possibility of him answering questions from investigators poses a new danger for the president as federal prosecutors in Washington and Manhattan dig deeper into Trump's business affairs.
"All they had was her name", Giuliani said.
Asked about what he thought of a last-minute order by Trump to catch a flight to Iowa to tend to some business during the campaign, Weisselberg said in one deposition that "it doesn't matter what I thought".
House Judiciary Democrats used the phrase in a letter to Chairman Bob Goodlatte on Friday urging him to hold meetings with Justice Department officials and the committee's top Democrat, Jerrold Nadler of NY, on the investigation into Cohen. Gonzales said that while Trump is entitled to speak his mind, his apparent sympathy for Manafort puts him at odds with his own Justice Department.