Sam Nunberg, a former campaign aide to President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani targets Cohen lawyer: He and Cohen are "deceivers" Trump reelection campaign denies reports "Keep America Great" flags are being made in China Top Koch Network officials vent frustration with White House, GOP-led Congress MORE, criticized Michael Cohen on Sunday for recording private conversations with the president, including one in which the two men discussed a potential payment to a former Playboy model who alleges having an affair with Trump.
Cohen lawyer Guy Petrillo did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.
In July 2017, President Trump told The New York Times he was first hearing about the meeting.
"I would believe Don Jr. and the president in light of learning that Michael was taping conversations, the way Michael was conducting himself behind the scenes, and in front of all of us", Nunberg said on Sunday's "Meet The Press".
Cohen claimed Trump knew in advance and approved of the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower where his son Donald Trump Jr., son-in-law Jared Kushner and campaign manager met with a Kremlin-linked lawyer, CNN reported on Thursday night. "I didn't know him well, but I knew nothing bad about Michael Cohen until all of this started to happen in the last couple weeks". "If they rely on him ... it would destroy whatever case they have".
For more than a year, both the president and his son have adamantly denied that Trump was aware of the meeting at the time.
Cohen wasn't at the Trump Tower meeting and Cohen has not offered evidence to support the claim that Trump knew about the meeting.
Lanny Davis, Cohen's attorney, told Newsweek that "the CNN leak did not come from us".
Cohen and Trump's relationship has broken down in recent months, after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Cohen's property in April and seized thousands of documents and records.
Cohen's tone has also shifted.
"Arrived back in Washington last night from a very emotional reopening of a major U.S. Steel plant in Granite City, Illinois, only to be greeted with the ridiculous news that the highly conflicted Robert Mueller and his gang of 13 Angry Democrats obviously can not find Collusion...", Trump tweeted.
Mr. Mueller wants to question the president about the tweets.
Trump also on Friday dismissed as "ridiculous" a report that Muller's team is looking at Trump's tweets as they investigate possible collusion and obstruction of justice. How stupid and unfair to our Country....
Trump has continued to call special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election a "witch hunt".