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

MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch said President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada 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 TrumpTrump Jr. hits back after PETA releases Halloween costume mocking him PETA releases Halloween costume of Trump Jr. with bloody leopard trophy Flake condemns Trump Jr. Instagram post mocking Kavanaugh accuser MORE, campaign officials and a Russian lawyer whom they'd been told could offer dirt on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada 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 ManafortCohen questioned for hours in Mueller probe about Trump's dealings with Russia: report Vote Democrat in midterms to rein in Trump, preserve justice Hillicon Valley: Trump's exclusive interview with Hill.TV | Trump, intel officials clash over Russia docs | EU investigating Amazon | Military gets new cyber authority | Flynn sentencing sparks new questions about Mueller probe MORE and White House adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh confirmation in sudden turmoil Manafort’s plea deal — the clear winners and losers Five takeaways from Manafort’s plea deal 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.