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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing 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's team asking Manafort about Roger Stone: report O'Rourke targets Cruz with several attack ads a day after debate GOP pollster says polls didn't pick up on movement in week before 2016 election 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 ClintonPresident Trump’s job approval rating continues to hold steady in latest Hill.TV poll Cybersecurity for national defense: How many 'wake-up calls' does it take? Who's in control alters our opinion of how things are 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 SessionsMcGahn departs as White House counsel The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump requests Turkey's evidence on missing journalist | Takeaways from Texas Senate debate | Key Mueller findings could be ready after midterms The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — GOP faces ‘green wave’ in final stretch to the midterms MORE and fired FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyMcGahn departs as White House counsel Comey donates maximum amount to Democratic challenger in Virginia House race FBI investigated media leak of McCabe comment about Flynn and Trump 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.