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

President TrumpDonald TrumpPence: Supreme Court has chance to right 'historic wrong' with abortion ruling Prosecutor says during trial that actor Jussie Smollett staged 'fake hate crime' Overnight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table 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 ClintonCountering the ongoing Republican delusion Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future 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 (Bob) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG 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 ClintonFederal judge changes his mind about stepping down, eliminating vacancy for Biden to fill Joe Biden's gamble with history Can America prevent a global warming cold war? 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 SessionsThose predicting Facebook's demise are blowing smoke If bitcoin is 'digital gold,' it should be taxed like gold The metaverse is coming — society should be wary MORE and fired FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyCountering the ongoing Republican delusion How Biden should sell his infrastructure bill 'Finally, infrastructure week!': White House celebrates T bill 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.