CNN Stands By Report That President Knew About Trump Tower Meeting After Cohen Lawyer Backtracks Story
By Brian Flood, Fox News // August 29, 2018
ABOVE VIDEO: Lanny Davis corrects Cohen-Trump Tower story.
(FOX NEWS) – CNN is standing by its “scoop” that Michael Cohen had information that President Trump knew in advance about the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russian officials despite the source for a related story walking back the claims.
A CNN report from July 27 headlined, “Cohen claims Trump knew in advance of 2016 Trump Tower meeting,” was co-bylined by Jim Sciutto, Carl Bernstein and Marshall Cohen. It cited “sources with knowledge” and noted that the ex-Trump lawyer is willing tell Special Counsel Robert Mueller that Trump knew of the meeting in advance, contradicting repeated denials by Trump and his surrogates. CNN’s report resulted in countless cable news segments and sent other news organizations scurrying to match.
Among them was The Washington Post, which has since outed Cohen’s high-powered attorney Lanny Davis as its source — while publishing an interview in which Davis backpedals.
Davis told The Washington Post Sunday that he “should have been more clear” that he “could not independently confirm what happened.” Davis even told the Post he regrets his “error.”
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