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.