According to anonymous sources quoted in the article, Michael Cohen, Trump's lawyer and newly minted member of the Resistance, had heard his then-boss speak in advance about the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump campaign officials and several shady Russians.
Lanny Davis has offered many variations of his client's knowledge regarding the meeting in Trump Tower but says he is now less certain about Cohen's claims. "I could not independently confirm the information in the CNN story", Davis told The Post.
Lanny Davis (left) said he can not independently confirm what Cohen might tell investigators about when the president learned of Russian efforts to undermine the Clinton campaign.
Despite the admission, CNN is standing by the story. According to BuzzFeed News, Davis was the confirming source for all of that.
Davis said he should not have expressed such confidence in his information. However, while on air with Anderson Cooper, he changed his story.More news: Trailer For 'True Detective' Season 3 Promises A Haunting Story
But asked Saturday how confident he was that Trump knew about the hacking before it became public, Davis said: "I am not sure". In other words, the story reports claims that Cohen had said he was willing to make, not the underlying truth of those claims.
"We should address Lanny Davis's comments in our reporting and be more transparent with our readers about our reporting", one CNN staffer told BuzzFeed News. While CNN's story may still be technically true, those aren't the rules of the game anymore: rumors mustn't be reported, even if the reporting of the rumors is accurate.
"I did NOT know of the meeting with my son, Don jr".
Davis told The Washington Post that he can not confirm media reports that Cohen is prepared to tell Special Counsel Robert Mueller 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. "Just another phony story by the Fake News Media!"
President Trump's former campaign adviser Roger Stone pushed back Monday against a yet-to-be-published report, preemptively denying allegations that he alerted then-candidate Trump in advance of WikiLeaks releasing emails stolen from the chairman of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's campaign.