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Trump again denies knowing in advance of Trump Tower meeting

by Harvest Prude
Posted 7/27/18, 12:29 pm

Michael Cohen claimed Thursday that then–presidential candidate Donald Trump approved the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian officials offering dirt on campaign rival Hillary Clinton. Cohen, formerly Trump’s lawyer, claimed he and others were in the room when Trump Jr. informed his father of the Russian offer to meet, CNN reported.

Cohen is reportedly ready to speak to special counsel Robert Mueller about his story, which supports the allegation that the president tried to aid Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election his favor. But Cohen’s uncorroborated assertion is not “hefty evidence,” St. John’s University law professor John Barrett told The Atlantic. “I can’t imagine a prosecutor basing a charge on something that thin.” The FBI and the Justice Department are investigating Cohen over New York business dealings and other matters. In a tweet Friday, President Trump again denied knowing about the meeting: “Sounds to me like someone is trying to make up stories in order to get himself out of an unrelated jam.”

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a political reporter for WORLD's Washington Bureau. She is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Harvest resides in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @HarvestPrude.

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  • E Cole
    Posted: Fri, 07/27/2018 03:10 pm

    I wondered how WORLD would tell this story since what we are seeing is perhaps evidence of collusion and we certainly aren’t allowed to believe there was any of that. Just like we weren’t supposed to believe that Trump Sr. crafted the lie that Jr. originally told about the purpose of the June 2016 meeting. That is, until there was email evidence and the administration admitted he was lying, and then it was unfortunate but still forgivable for some reason I can’t recall.

    To find a quote saying that eye-witness testimony is "something that thin” is laughable. I bet there are tens of thousands of people in prison because of testimony from persons making plea deals that will be delighted to hear they should all go free. Of course it is possible that Cohen might be lying. But cooperating witnesses run the risk of a perjury charge and the loss of their deal if they get caught in a lie, so it would be risky for him.

    WORLD needs to give us the news in an unbiased manner, and it has never been more important than it is right now. There was a time when at least the editorial board stood for Christian principles without spinning the facts to suit the masses (see unfit to lead article), and we need that now. This administration tries to stifle the truth and tells us that the free press is our enemy. We already have Fox News if we only want Trump cheerleading. We already have CNN if we want the opposite spin. Give us the truth. Give us quotes from different perspectives and let us weigh the evidence. Trump has been a good president in some respects and he should get credit for that, but it seems clear that he is completely untrustworthy. His business dealings, his marriages, his affairs and his politics have all been steeped in one lie after another and then he tells us not to believe what we see and hear. And many bow down and acquiesce.

  • E Cole
    Posted: Fri, 07/27/2018 06:14 pm

    I was not referring to this article alone. I realize that there are Trump fans who are going to see even the reporting of facts as criticism and will jump to his defense no matter what he does, and there are haters who aren’t going to give Trump credit for doing anything right. My appeal is to neither of those groups. My appeal is really to WORLD because it has been increasingly frustrating trying to get the whole truth even though I read from quite a few sources. I realize WORLD is not an organization with unlimited resources and that has to be taken into consideration. But WORLD did not report the story about Karen McDougal at all until this week after there was a recording released that gave proof that Trump had lied to us again, so it could no longer be ignored. They kept quiet about the Stormy Daniels matter for months longer than it could be justified by just being cautious. Almost every article that is about Trump's bad behavior is a “facts only” short piece and too often (like this article) they only provide a quote from one perspective, sometimes even ending articles with quotes directly from the White House as if that settles the matter.  No coverage of the fact that a federal judge ruled that a lawsuit alleging that Trump is violating the emoluments clause in the Constitution could move forward. How about the way Kaitlan Collins was treated? Even Fox News came out against the White House for that. How about a discussion regarding Bill Shine being at the White House to start with? And why isn’t there ever an opinion piece that addresses Trumps treatment of women or minorities? Would Obama have been allowed to get away with the behavior that people accept as “Trump being Trump” and so we collectively roll our eyes and go about our day as if it doesn’t matter?

    I believe in the WORLD organization and I believe the vast majority of the writers are trying to be fair. But when the press is under attack as it is right now, we must all be vigilant.

  • Tamara
    Posted: Fri, 07/27/2018 08:10 pm

    I have to take issue with the above comments. As a long time supporter of WORLD, I have been very disappointed at how WORLD  has clearly taken an anti-Trump stance in the majority of their articles. They have said very little about how the Deep State has set up a coup against the President. They have said nothing about how Mueller has hired 13 Democrat lawyers for the purported Russina "Investigation".  They have said nothing about how Mueller is using gestapo techniques to go after many of Trump's contacts. (eg: Manifort has been in solitary confinement supposedly to keep him safe. What a joke!) .They have said nothing about how Mueller should have recused himself due to his multiple conflicts of interest (He and Comey have been best friends!). They have said nothing about how the Clinton campaign hired Fusion  GPS to drum up the fake dossier. They said nothing about how the FISA warrants were issued illegally as the FISA judges were not informed that the dossier was funded by the Clinton campaign.  They said nothing about how Rod Rosenstein has a conflict of interest  as he signed one of the FISA extensions.  I am also not aware of any articles exposing the Struck-Page tapes which outline the Deep State plot against Trump.  Trump is no angel for sure, but he is doing  wonders for this country right now. By the way, I think the Trump administration should have kicked out rude reporters a a long time ago. 

    I have always admired WORLD as it has often given me the "other side of the story" that the mainstream media  didn't give. This time WORLD has let me down as they are not exposing the "other side".  I have been forced to get the "other side" from various conservative websites.

  • E Cole
    Posted: Sat, 07/28/2018 11:33 am

    Maybe because the deep state theories don't belong on a real news site?

  • Laura W
    Posted: Sat, 07/28/2018 09:59 am

    You know, if a lot of readers think that World is being too hard on Trump, and a lot more think they're being too soft, maybe they're getting it just about right.

  • E Cole
    Posted: Sat, 07/28/2018 11:39 am

    Good point Laura. I get discouraged a lot of times, but I really hope there is a vast number of readers who don't go to the extreme on either side. I wish we could hear from more of them.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 07/30/2018 08:02 pm

    I know I probably come across as a “Trump is wonderful, so shut your mouth” partisan. But I do see and am troubled by the man’s faults and errors and frequent walking-back of what was said yesterday. 

    BUT. We could right now have someone as President who is openly anti-life, sneakily anti-conservative Christian, and as avaricious and self-centered as anyone in public office today. (I have been a resident of Arkansas since before Bill Clinton was first elected Governor. No fan of either Clinton)

    I’m gritting my teeth at Trump while thanking God for him. And I think World’s coverage of Trump mostly gets it right. 

  • DR
    Posted: Mon, 08/06/2018 02:32 pm

    I very much appreciate all of the thoughtful comments posted here, and have to believe that the World staff does, too.  Thank you.