In the crescendo to his frenzied media tour to mitigate the fallout from Michael Cohen's tapes, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani walked back his assertion that President Donald Trump definitely did not know about the infamous Trump Tower meeting.
The former NY mayor said if Trump is interviewed by Mueller's legal team, "Our real concern is they're going to set up a perjury trap", attempting to catch Trump, who often misstates facts, in a lie, which is a criminal offense.
Trump has for months said there was "no collusion" between his campaign aides and Russian Federation and that as president he did not attempt to block Mueller's probe. "Hacking is the crime".
"Jay [Sekulow] and I spent a great deal of [Sunday] trying to run it down", said Giuliani.
Cohen, Trump's former personal lawyer and longtime fixer, said he was with Donald Junior when he told his dad about the meeting and got the go-ahead to the sitdown also attended by Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner and former campaign chair Paul Manafort.
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Giuliani also told USAToday that the Trump legal team is in the process of putting together a "counter-report" in order to publicly respond to any allegations that the Mueller team makes regarding the probe.
"I did NOT know of the meeting with my son, Don jr". Giuliani said Trump and senior campaign officials did not know the meeting was taking place.
Trump unleashed a new broadside against Mueller and his investigation late Sunday, accusing the prosecutor of undisclosed "conflicts of interest" involving him, "including the fact that we had a very nasty & contentious business relationship".
Reporters from The New York Times, like Maggie Haberman, reached out to the Trump team about an alleged pre-Trump Tower meeting, Giuliani claimed.
So far, Mueller has gotten six guilty pleas, indictments against 25 Russian nationals and three Russian businesses, and Manafort goes to trial on Tuesday for bank and tax fraud.