Lawyer backs off claims about information Cohen has

Evan Vucci | AP  President Donald Trump speaks to the Ohio Republican Party State Dinner in Columbus Ohio Aug. 24 2018

Evan Vucci | AP President Donald Trump speaks to the Ohio Republican Party State Dinner in Columbus Ohio Aug. 24 2018

It turns out that a CNN story from July 26, 2018 claiming just that was supplied by Lanny Davis, the Clinton-associated lawyer for Michael Cohen, Trump's personal fixer - a man who just flipped on Trump to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, implicating Trump in campaign finance violations. Quote: "Contacted by CNN, one of Cohen's attorneys, Lanny Davis, declined to comment".

Other legal experts on Capitol Hill have questioned where Davis' loyalties lie in the past, calling him a long-time Clinton loyalist after having served as the White House special counsel during the Clinton administration.

Trump and his allies seized on the erosion of those claims.

"There have been reports that you privately tried to get the president to back away from [Cohen]", said Fox News host Martha MacCallum.

But last week, Axios reported that Cohen testified to Congress past year that he had no idea whether Trump knew about the meeting in advance. "Just another phony story by the Fake News Media!"

And now, Buzzfeed reports that Lanny Davis, Cohen's lawyer, has admitted he was one of the anonymous sources for the CNN story, and that he can not corroborate his account of Cohen's story.

Read the full report at the NY Post.

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The Post did not report that Trump Jr. told his father that the information was coming from Russians. "I am not sure", Davis now says.

"I made a mistake", Davis told Buzzfeed", adding, of the Anderson Cooper interview, "I did not mean to be cute" - quite the euphemism for lying.

Davis told BuzzFeed News Monday night he regretted being the anonymous source as well as his subsequent denial. CNN blew this story bigtime, CNN's own sources has recanted, the defenses have all crumbed, and CNN's still stands by it?

Senators Richard Burr, Republican of North Carolina, and Mark Warner, Democrat of Virginia, leaders of the Senate committee, said in recent days that Cohen had sent word to the committee that he had no desire to amend that testimony.

FILE - In this May 3, 2018, file photo, attorney Lanny Davis speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his K Street office in Washington.

He noted how Davis is also backtracking on a claim that Trump had prior knowledge about the hacking of the DNC email server.

Sources tell CNBC that prosecutors in the Russian Federation probe continued asking questions about Cohen's role in Trump's campaign - as well as questions "about whether Cohen conducted personal business while working as an employee of the Trump Organization and for insight on why he didn't get a job in the Trump White House" - until at least this past May.

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