MSNBC contributor: Cohen told me Trump knew ‘everything’ about Trump Jr. meeting with Russians

MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch said President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE’s former attorney Michael Cohen told him several months ago that Trump knew “everything” going on during his 2016 campaign, including about his son’s meeting with Russians inside Trump Tower.

A panel on Friday’s “Morning Joe” was discussing a new report that Cohen says Trump had prior knowledge of the June 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpHouse chairman: Trump lawyers may have given false info about Cohen payments Sarah Sanders says she was interviewed by Mueller's office Trump dismisses Ann Coulter after criticism: 'I hardly know her' MORE, campaign officials and a Russian lawyer whom they'd been told could offer dirt on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRoger Stone shares, quickly deletes Instagram photo of federal judge on his case Barack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report Why the national emergency? A second term may be Trump’s only shield from an indictment MORE.

"In my past conversation with Michael, what he’s made very clear to me is ... nothing went on in this business without Don knowing about it, and he led me to believe that he could bring Trump back to Russia,” Deutsch said. 


“What came out yesterday to me was not a surprise, based on conversations Michael and I had had,” he added. “I don’t want to use his exact words, but that everything that was going on, Trump knew about.”

“Did he reference this meeting in particular when you talked to him?” fellow "Morning Joe" contributor Willie Geist asked.

“Yes, he did,” Deutsch replied, adding that someone else was in the room when they discussed the meeting.

CNN reported Thursday that Cohen does not have evidence to back up his story, such as audio recordings he is known to produce, but that he is willing to discuss it with Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE in the special counsel's investigation into Moscow's election meddling and any possible coordination with the Trump campaign.

Trump Jr., along with then-Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortRoger Stone shares, quickly deletes Instagram photo of federal judge on his case Mueller probe figures use fame to pay bills Mueller subpoenas former Cambridge Analytica employee MORE and White House adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - Will there be any last-minute shutdown drama? Rule change sharpens Dem investigations into Trump Drama hits Senate Intel panel’s Russia inquiry MORE, met on June 9, 2016, with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.

Music producer Rob Goldstone arranged the meeting, and told Trump Jr. in an email that a “Russian government lawyer” was offering information that “would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.”

“If it what’s you say I love it especially later in the summer,” Trump Jr. replied.

Trump and his team have repeatedly said he did not have any advance knowledge of the meeting, and Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani questioned Cohen's credibility on Friday. 

"He's been lying all week. He's been lying for years," Giuliani said.

Trump defended himself in a series of early morning tweets on Friday.

Cohen is under investigation for possible bank fraud and campaign finance violations.

The reference to taxi cabs appears to be a jab at Cohen’s ownership of a number of taxi medallions, which are required to operate yellow taxis in New York City.

Federal agents are reportedly looking into the loans he took out against his taxi business.