Trump rips Cohen claim: He's 'trying to make up stories'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBrennan fires new shot at Trump: ‘He’s drunk on power’ Trump aides discussed using security clearance revocations to distract from negative stories: report Trump tried to dissuade Melania from 'Be Best' anti-bullying campaign: report MORE on Friday insisted he did not know about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting where Russians promised to offer damaging information on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMueller recommends Papadopoulos be sentenced to up to 6 months in prison Poll: Dem opponent leads Scott Walker by 5 points Cuomo fires back at Trump: 'America is great because it rejects your hate-filled agenda' MORE, denying a CNN report that his former personal attorney Michael Cohen says he did.

"And so the Fake News doesn’t waste my time with dumb questions, NO, I did NOT know of the meeting with my son, Don jr," Trump wrote in a series of early morning tweets.

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Trump accused Cohen of making up the claim to get himself out of legal trouble from a federal investigation into his business practices, including his ownership of taxi medallions in New York City.

"Sounds to me like someone is trying to make up stories in order to get himself out of an unrelated jam (Taxi cabs maybe?)," the president added, without referring to Cohen by name.

CNN reported Thursday that Cohen claims Trump had prior knowledge of the meeting between his son and a Kremlin-connected lawyer and is willing tell his account to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE, who is investigating alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Moscow's election interference efforts in 2016. 

The back-and-forth marks a further escalation of the feud between Trump and Cohen, which poses legal and political problems for the president and for the White House.

Despite those risks, Trump and Cohen have continued to wage their legal battle in the court of public opinion.

The president on Friday morning also blasted Cohen's decision to hire former Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonPolitical analyst: Trump's attorneys 'should be disbarred' if they allow him to talk to Mueller #BelieveAllWomen, in the Ellison era, looks more like #BelieveTheConvenientWomen Bill and Hillary Clinton pay tribute to Aretha Franklin MORE hand Lanny Davis as his attorney representing him in the matter. (Davis is a columnist for The Hill.)

"He even retained Bill and Crooked Hillary’s lawyer. Gee, I wonder if they helped him make the choice!" Trump wrote. 

Trump also attacked Mueller's team in response to reports it is examining his tweets in order to determine whether he obstructed justice in the Russia investigation.

"The only Collusion with Russia was with the Democrats, so now they are looking at my Tweets (along with 53 million other people) — the rigged Witch Hunt continues! How stupid and unfair to our Country," Trump wrote. 

The New York Times reported Thursday that Mueller is reviewing Trump’s tweets about Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsSentencing reform deal heats up, pitting Trump against reliable allies Hill.TV poll: 41 percent of Americans want Mueller to wrap up probe before midterms The Hill's Morning Report: Dems have a majority in the Senate (this week) MORE and fired FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump aides discussed using security clearance revocations to distract from negative stories: report White House drafts docs for Trump to revoke more security clearances: report Strzok firing a needed first step to restoring credibility and fairness to the FBI MORE as possible evidence of witness tampering. 

Trump has repeatedly attacked the Mueller probe as a "witch hunt," even though it has secured indictments or guilty pleas from 32 individuals, including four former Trump associates.