Trump denies knowing about Trump Tower meeting in advance

Posted: Updated:

Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated.
By JILL COLVIN and MICHAEL R. SISAK
Associated Press


WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is denying that he knew in advance about a Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 between a Russian lawyer, his eldest son and other aides.

Trump tweeted, "NO," he "did NOT know of the meeting with my son, Don jr."

Trump's campaign had been told the lawyer had dirt on Trump's rival, Hillary Clinton, to share.

CNN reported Thursday Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, claims Trump knew in advance about the meeting. CNN cited anonymous sources saying Cohen was willing to share that information with special counsel Robert Mueller, who's investigating possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia. Cohen wasn't at the meeting.

A person familiar with the meeting confirmed the report to The Associated Press, speaking on anonymously because the person wasn't authorized to speak publicly.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."