High-powered attorney Lanny Davis admitted Monday he lied when he claimed he was the anonymous source that corroborated Michael Cohen’s claim regarding the 2016 Trump Tower meeting.
Davis (the former attorney to Hillary Clinton) currently represents Cohen, the former “turncoat-attorney” to President Trump, who claimed the president was aware of the meeting with a Russian operative at Trump Towers — which the president has repeatedly denied.
The bombshell revelation that Davis fabricated the story came to light after The Washington Post outed him as a source for its own story.
Davis attempted to do “damage control” Monday night, telling media outlet BuzzFeed News he regretted being the anonymous source.
CNN was more than willing to run with the bogus story, citing multiple unverified “sources” who claim President Trump knew about the meeting between his son and a Russian operative at Trump Towers. Cohen also stated he had personally witnessed Donald Trump Jr. informing then-candidate Trump about the June 2016 meeting.
On July 26th the bogus story began to unravel, as other news outlets began to look further into the allegations.
CNN turned to Davis who immediately began to backtrack, stating he wasn’t sure if the claim he made was accurate, and that he could not independently corroborate it…in short lying to CNN.
Moreover, Davis’ claim that Cohen has damaging information on the president has proven to be false, along with his clients “on again, off again” recollections as to whether the president had knowledge beforehand or after the fact of payments to Stormy Daniels and a Playboy model.
Michael Cohen has already demonstrated (like his attorney), he’s a liar, and cannot be trusted; he will do anything to keep his plea-deal intact. However, this bombshell announcement may very well torpedo Cohen’s sweetheart deal with Mueller.
The president last month had denied the CNN report, firing back at the time.
“I did not know of the meeting with my son, Don Jr. Sounds to me like someone is trying to make up stories in order to get himself out of an unrelated jam (Taxi cabs maybe?). He even retained Bill and Crooked Hillary’s lawyer. Gee, I wonder if they helped him make the choice!”
CNN, of course, doubled-down on their bogus report with a July 27th headline: “Cohen claims Trump knew in advance of the 2016 Trump Tower meeting,” cited “sources with knowledge.”
The war of words continued for months, with CNN claiming their unnamed sources were reliable – and the president once again calling the cable news channel “fake news.”
Then came reports from both the New York Post and the Washington Post confirming that CNN’s “Breaking News” was a hoax committed by Attorney Lanny Davis, the former attorney for Bill and Hillary Clinton.
The original CNN story was broadcast during Chris Cuomo’s prime-time show. The host acknowledged that when Davis was contacted to respond, he “declined to comment.” Cuomo added, “His involvement in the story, on so-called “background,” has not been previously reported.”