Michael Cohen’s attorney/spokeman Lanny Davis furiously backpedaled this weekend after making some stunning, potential bombshell claims during his media blitz last week.
Davis suggested last week that his client had flipped and was ready to share damaging info about President Trump that would be “of interest” to special counsel Robert Mueller in the Russia collusion investigation.
Davis, Bill and Hillary Clinton’s longtime consigliere, told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Tuesday that Cohen had “knowledge about the computer crime of hacking and whether or not Mr. Trump knew ahead of time about that crime and even cheered it on.”
On Wednesday, Davis told PBS’s NewsHour, “I believe that Mr. Cohen has direct knowledge that would be of interest to Mr. Mueller that suggests — I’m not sure it proves — that Mr. Trump was aware of Russian government agents hacking illegally, committing computer crimes, to the detriment of the candidate who he was running against, Hillary Clinton.”
In another interview on Wednesday, Davis said his client had “information that would be of interest to Mr. Mueller in his probe of a conspiracy to corrupt American democracy, very similar to the indictment of the 12 Russians.”
Impeachment talk reached a fever pitch as members of the Resistance prepared for Trump’s now-certain demise.
Davis’ abrupt about-face came in an interview with the Washington Post on Sunday.
He said “he is no longer certain about claims he made to reporters on background and on the record in recent weeks about what Cohen knows” about Trump’s dastardly collusion activities.
Asked how confident he was that Trump knew about the hacking before it became public, Davis said: “I am not sure. There’s a possibility that is the case. But I am not sure.”
Davis added: “I was giving an instinct that he might have something to say of interest to the special counsel about hacking. In retrospect, I am just not sure.”
The Clinton fixer also threw cold water on CNN’s bombshell report from July that claimed Trump knew about the Trump Tower meeting with the Russian attorney in 2016 — in which he was a source.
Davis told The Washington Post that he cannot confirm media reports that Cohen is prepared to tell special counsel Robert S. Mueller III that Trump had advance knowledge of the 2016 Trump Tower meeting, where Donald Trump Jr. expected to receive damaging information about Clinton from a Russian lawyer.
CNN reported last month that Cohen was claiming to have witnessed Trump being informed of the Russians’ offer by Trump Jr. and that the then-candidate approved the meeting.
The following day, The Post reported that Cohen had told associates that he witnessed an exchange in which Trump Jr. told his father about an upcoming gathering in which he expected to get information about Clinton. The Post did not report that Trump Jr. told his father that the information was coming from Russians.
The information in the Post story, which was attributed to one person familiar with discussions among Cohen’s friends, came from Davis, who is now acknowledging his role on the record.
Davis said he should not have expressed such confidence in his information.
“I should have been more clear — including with you — that I could not independently confirm what happened,” Davis said, adding: “I regret my error.”
Last fall, Cohen testified to House and Senate Intel committees that he had no advance knowledge of the meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
And Davis told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer last Wednesday that his client’s testimony before the House and Senate regarding the infamous meeting “was accurate,” and that Cohen was merely in the room “during a discussion with junior and dad.”
According to the Post, Cohen sent word to the Senate Intel Committee saying that he had no desire to amend his testimony.
So what are the truth-telling Resistance heroes Cohen and Davis up to?
It’s hard to say, but they sure did manage to raise a lot of money in a fairly short period of time.
Will anyone ask for their GoFundMe donation back? (Lanny Davis raised $162,394 for Michael Cohen in 4 days.)
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) August 27, 2018
Libs can certainly feel good about themselves for donating to such a worthy cause.
People *continue* to pour their money into a GoFundMe campaign set up by Lanny Davis – one of the scummiest, dictator-serving lobbyists ever to step foot in Washington – in the name of Michael Cohen. Meanwhile: https://t.co/vMLFhHF6HH – it's an endless con. pic.twitter.com/zm2sbx9eR3
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) August 26, 2018
Michael Cohen's GoFundMe page, created by Lanny Davis, is only at $160,000 of the $500,000 they're seeking. Please go donate some more to offset the cost of the scrumptious dinner he enjoyed last night at one of Manhattan's most chic restaurants: https://t.co/zOxi0w6YM0
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) August 26, 2018
Meanwhile, CNN stands by their July 27 “bombshell.”
Re: CNN's July 27 story about Cohen claiming that Trump knew in advance about the Trump Tower meeting: "We stand by our story, and are confident in our reporting of it." https://t.co/TOMJuQDbrp
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) August 27, 2018
Unbelievable. Who would know better than the man himself and his lawyer?
According to Chuck Ross at The Daily Caller, Tater didn’t even acknowledge the debunked story during the network’s media criticism show, “Reliable Sources,” on Sunday.
“Instead, Stelter led a panel discussion in which Trump was called a ‘liar’ several times,” Ross noted.
Can't make it up — @brianstelter completely ignored CNN's inaccurate report about Michael Cohen and Trump Tower on @ReliableSources today. And Stelter interviewed @carlbernstein, one of the authors of the article. https://t.co/BPoY3nP6UK via @dailycaller
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) August 26, 2018