You can’t make this stuff up folks! Yet ANOTHER Trump-Russia story that the left has been pushed has fallen apart. Michael Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis has inadvertently torn apart the case against Trump.
Davis, a long-time mouthpiece for Hillary Clinton, has been forced in recent days to walk back assertions he previously made that Cohen was about to tell special counsel Robert Mueller that President Trump knew before the election about a meeting with a Russians lawyer who had information damaging to Hillary Clinton.
David claimed almost a month ago that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen said he personally witnessed President Trump being informed of the meeting. Now he admits that he was the anonymous source CNN and the Washington Post quoted in reporting that story. Until now, he had vigorously denied being that source.
Davis told The Post, “I should have been more clear — including with you — that I could not independently confirm what happened. I regret my error.”
Trump accusers have been waiting for almost a month for what they believed would be a bombshell admission from a close Trump confidant. Now, once like so much of the false narrative of Trump/Russia collusion, CNN has proven it cannot be relied on.
Despite Davis’ retraction, CNN spokespeople said the network stands by the story reported by famed Watergate reporter, Carl Bernstein.
Donald Trump Jr. tweeted that CNN was defending “literal fake news” and derided Bernstein as a “leftist hack.”
Davis defended himself last week saying that he should have “emphasized his lack of certainty” and that he made the false statements about Cohen because he “felt” it might be true. While a lawyer’s job is to represent and speak for his client he said, “I was giving an instinct that he might have something to say of interest to the special counsel. In retrospect, he said, “I am just not sure.”
The Davis/Cohen fiasco is a case study in how most Trump-Russia bombshells play out. When CNN first reported a “trusted anonymous source” media competitors fell in line – from NBC News to CBS News to The Washington Post – confirming a story that was not a story. BuzzFeed News wrote an article about CNN’s story, that cited NBC News citing CNN.
Further weight was initially added to CNN’s story by other mainstream media sources reporting it as fact without vetting the authenticity of CNN’s sources.
Ironically, Davis’ story first became suspect when appearing with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. The host questioned Davis’ assertion that Cohen saw Trump admit he knew about the Trump Tower meeting ahead of time. Cooper reminded Davis that Senators Mark Warner and Richard Burr and Mark Warner of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence issued a statement that Cohen said in a statement last July that Trump learned of the Trump Tower meeting when it was reported.
When Cooper pressed Davis, asking how Cohen’s statement to the committee could be true if he also had prior knowledge of Trump’s awareness of the meeting, that Davis admitted it was something he “felt” but did not know for sure.
Here are the facts related to Cohen’s knowledge of President Trump and the Trump Tower meeting as we now know them.
People who received firsthand testimony from Michael Cohen, as in the Senate Intelligence committees, say Cohen was interviewed extensively about Russian interference and he did not offer any information to suggest Trump had advance knowledge. Committee members also say that Cohen has sent word to the committee that he has no intention to amend his testimony.
In a BuzzFeed interview, Davis again admitted he was CNN’s anonymous source despite the fact he denied it for weeks. “I made a mistake,” said Davis. “I did not mean to be cute.” He said he didn’t lie but rather “unintentionally misspoke.”
Davis has also changed direction about his claims that Cohen has information that suggests Trump knew in advance about Russian hacking of Democrats’ emails.
As with the Trump Tower lie, Davis admitted to BuzzFeed that in discussing the hacking allegations last week, he should have “emphasized his lack of certainty.” He said he raised the idea that Cohen might have information about Trump’s knowledge. “I was giving an instinct that he might have something to say of interest to the special counsel concerning hacking.” said Davis “In retrospect, he added, “I am just not sure.”
The fact that Special Counsel Robert Mueller, CNN, and others were so quick to latch on to an unconfirmed anonymous source further strengthens President Trump’s assertion the whole affair is a witch hunt.
~ Freedom News Report