Cohen’s Lawyer Walks Back Confirmation of CNN’s ‘Bombshell’ 2016 Trump Tower Meeting Story

Back on July 27th, CNN made the bombshell claim that President Donald Trump “knew in advance about the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower in which Russians were expected to offer his campaign dirt on Hillary Clinton.” CNN cited unnamed sources for providing the information, but those sources said Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney, was able to implicate the president. We made note of their reporting here.

Fast forward to the end of August. It turns out the bombshell might not be true, at least according to Lanny Davis, Cohen’s attorney, who is doing a considerable degree of backtracking.

The New York Post says it called Davis back in July to confirm what CNN was saying. Davis, back then, confirmed the accuracy of the CNN reporting, but said he could only do so as an anonymous source. Now, he’s apologizing.

“Davis, speaking on the record, apologized for confirming something he did not know to be true,” the Post reported.

“I regret that I wasn’t clear enough to the Post,” Davis said. “I could not independently confirm the information in the CNN story,” he told the Post this time around.

Both the Post and Axios are reporting that Cohen told Congress that he had no clue if Trump knew in advance about the Trump Tower meeting.

The apparent reversal — that Cohen can’t confirm whether the president had advance knowledge of the meeting — seems to align Cohen with the comments of Donald Trump, Jr. Junior has said that he did not inform his father about the meeting, either.

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Aaron Keller is an attorney licensed in two states. He holds a juris doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a broadcast journalism degree from Syracuse University. During law school, he completed legal residencies in the Office of the New Hampshire Attorney General and in a local prosecutor’s office. He was employed as a summer associate in the New Hampshire Department of Safety, which manages the state police, and further served as a summer law clerk for a New York trial judge. Before law school, Keller worked for television stations in New York and in the Midwest, mostly as an evening news anchor and investigative reporter. His original reporting on the Wisconsin murder of Teresa Halbach was years later featured in the Netflix film "Making A Murderer."

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