Lanny Davis Admits He Was Source for CNN’s Debunked Trump Tower Story; CNN Not Backing Down

Lanny Davis, attorney for former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, told Buzzfeed on Monday that he was a source for CNN’s article last month claiming that Cohen would tell Special Counsel Robert Mueller that President Trump knew about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Russian purportedly offering information on Hillary Clinton. Since CNN’s article published, Davis has admitted to the Washington Post, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, and now Buzzfeed that he actually has no such knowledge of Cohen knowing such a thing. He also said he regretted lying about it on CNN’s air last week. Davis had told CNN’s Anderson Cooper last Wednesday, “I think the reporting of the story got mixed up in the course of a criminal investigation,” but denied being the source of CNN’s original story. That turned out to be a lie. “I made a mistake,” Davis told Buzzfeed. “I did not mean to be cute,” he said regarding his interview with Cooper. The original CNN report, by Jim Sciutto, Carl Bernstein, and Marshall Cohen, claimed that Cohen had personally witnessed Donald Trump, Jr. informing Trump about the meeting, which would contradict the president’s statements that he did not know about it. Trump denied the report 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!” Now, Davis is backtracking. In recent days, he has admitted that he acted as an anonymous source for multiple news outlets who were seeking to confirm the CNN article, and has backed away from his original claim. The New York Post and the Washington Post has outed him as their confirming source, and published apologies from Davis. CNN — which cited “sources with knowledge” in its original report, has refused to back down. The report also said Davis had “declined to comment.” When contacted by Buzzfeed, CNN said, “We stand by our story, and are confident in our reporting of it.”

This is trifecta of fake news.  Former Bill and Hillary Clinton attorney (and Democrat party hack) Lanny Davis has been outed as a liar.  So, his credibility, along with his client, former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, have zero credibility.  And, Lanny’s stunt just erased whatever dubious credibility Cohen may have had.  Then, when CNN learned the truth, the continued/continue to stand by the totally made-up story!!  FAKE NEWS!!!  That’s all CNN is…and why its ratings continue to tank.

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