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Contact by CNN, one of Cohen's lawyers, Lanny Davis, declined to comment.
"He lied the whole week lied for years," said Rudy Giuliani, the president's lawyer, Chris Cuomo in CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time" on Thursday night.
He added, "I do not see how credible he is."
Giuliani also said Cohen was "the kind of witness who can really destroy your whole case" and called Cohen, who is a top lawyer Trump's organization for a decade was a "pathological liar."
"Donald Trump Jr. has been professional and responsible throughout the Mueller and Congression investigations," said Alan Futerfas, a lawyer with Donald Trump Jr. "We are very confident the accuracy and reliability of the information provided by Mr. Trump, Jr. and in his name. "
According to the people who discussed the matter with Cohen, he expressed the hope that this statement about the Trump Tower The meeting will help him reach Mueller and possibly reduce his legal problems. He's being scrutinized by prosecutors in Manhattan after Mueller handed Cohen's case to her.
The meeting was joined by Trump Jr., his brother-in-law Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort, Trump's campaign chairman, who had four Russians in the room, including a Kremlin lawyer, a businessman who worked for one Oligarchs and a lobbyist worked with old KGB connections.
After the news of the meeting was broken in July 2017, the Trump team offered misleading explanations to changed their story several times, but one claim remained consistent: that Tr ump the meeting did not know before, then no longer learned about it and a year later learned about it for the first time.
These denials were repeated by Trump, his lawyer Jay Sekulow, Trump Jr., Frecherfas, and the White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders. These people denied that Trump was informed about the meeting more than 15 times at the same time, according to CNN's analysis.
Trump said on July 12, 2017, he had "only heard of it two or three days ago." A week later, Trump repeated that he "did not know about the meeting" because "nobody told me about it".
At about the same time, CNN Sekulov's Jake Tapper asked Trump to confirm allegations he had recently learned about the controversial meeting. Sekulov's answer: "Yes, I swear."
But maybe Trump Jr. was punished with the highest penny last year before the Senate Justice Committee.
"He was unaware of this," Trump Jr. told lawmakers, referring to his father's knowledge of the meeting. "And, frankly, by the time someone was aware of what was summer this year, as I said before, I did not want to get him involved because it had nothing to do with him."