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Trump promotes Cohen tweet on Russia meeting ‘nonsense’

Trump promotes Cohen tweet on Russia meeting ‘nonsense’
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President TrumpDonald TrumpHead of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting VA moving to cover gender affirmation surgery through department health care MORE early Sunday resurfaced an old tweet from Michael Cohen in which his former personal attorney praises Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpDonald Trump Jr. joins Cameo Book claims Trump family members were 'inappropriately' close with Secret Service agents Trump Jr. shares edited video showing father knocking Biden down with golf ball MORE for his transparency regarding a meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower.

The president asked on Twitter whether the media would "ever report on this tweet from Michael?"

"So proud of @DonaldJTrumpJr for being open, honest and transparent to the American people. This nonsense needs to stop!" Cohen tweeted on July 11, 2017, the same day Trump Jr. shared emails about the meeting to pre-empt a New York Times report.

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The president's tweet on Sunday comes as he wages a credibility battle with Cohen, who reportedly claims he had prior knowledge of the meeting between his son and a Kremlin-connected lawyer.

CNN reported that Cohen is willing share his account with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate 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 Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE, who is investigating alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Moscow's efforts to interfere in the 2016 election.

The president lashed out on Friday in response to the initial report, claiming Cohen is "trying to make up stories" to get himself out of legal trouble, which Trump suggested could be related to his taxi cab business.

Cohen is reportedly under investigation in New York's Southern District for bank fraud and campaign finance violations. Speculation has escalated in recent weeks that the longtime fixer for Trump may turn on the president.

Last week, CNN aired audio from a secret recording Cohen made of a conversation with the president. The two men seemed to be discussing a possible payment regarding the account of a former Playboy model who claims she had an affair with the president a decade ago. Cohen has multiple other tapes, though their contents are not publicly known.

Cohen said in an interview earlier this month that his "first loyalty" is to the country and his family, not the president.