President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen has said his client knew in advance of a June 2016 meeting between his aides and a Russian delegation that offered to help his campaign.
Cohen says he was present when Mr Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, informed his father of the meeting, adding that he is willing to state this to the special counsel probing Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election.
The meeting at Trump Tower in New York City involved Mr Trump’s son, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort and an influential Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya.
It was set up after a Russian intermediary contacted Mr Trump Jr with a promise to provide material that would “incriminate” Hillary Clinton – the Democratic candidate in the 2016 presidential election.
Following the damning allegation, Mr Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani has launched a scathing attack on Mr Cohen, insisting he “is not credible”.
“It’s not true,” he said. “Why would you expect it would be true from someone like Cohen? A lawyer who would tape their own client is a lawyer without any character.”
Trump remains defiant however, insisting he has done nothing wrong even as he calls for an end to the probe.