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

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump mocks Murkowski, Cheney election chances Race debate grips Congress US reentry to Paris agreement adds momentum to cities' sustainability efforts 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 ClintonWhy does Bernie Sanders want to quash Elon Musk's dreams? Republican legislators target private sector election grants How Democrats can defy the odds in 2022 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) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump 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 ClintonA leadership menagerie of metaphorical scapegoats How Democrats can defy the odds in 2022 Biden is thinking about building that wall — and that's a good thing 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 SessionsBiden picks vocal Trump critics to lead immigration agencies The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings Biden administration should resist 'slush-fund' settlements MORE and fired FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyShowtime developing limited series about Jan. 6 Capitol riot Wray says FBI not systemically racist John Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges 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.