President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoint Chiefs chairman denies report that US is planning to keep 1K troops in Syria Kansas Department of Transportation calls Trump 'delusional communist' on Twitter Trump has privately voiced skepticism about driverless cars: report MORE's former personal attorney Michael Cohen delivered a veiled criticism on Monday of the president's challenge to the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

The embattled former Trump confidant tweeted a quote from a previous interview he did with ABC's George Stephanopoulos backing up the intelligence community's assessment that Moscow sought to sow chaos and division in the U.S. during the 2016 presidential race — with the intention of helping Trump.


Cohen's tweet came hours after Trump in a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin cast doubt on whether Russia meddled in the election. He acknowledged that top intelligence officials had told him so, but noted that Putin had denied such activities.

"They said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin — he just said it’s not Russia," Trump said, adding that he does not "see any reason why it would be" Russia.

Cohen, who once touted himself as one of Trump's most loyal associates, is facing a federal probe into his business dealings, fueling speculation that he could flip on his former boss and cooperate with investigators examining the president's actions.

The FBI raided Cohen's office, home and hotel room earlier this year. He is reportedly under investigation for potential bank fraud and campaign finance violations, including over the $130,000 nondisclosure payment he gave to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels days before the 2016 election.