I have previously written about Michael Cohen’s allegation that President Donald Trump knew and approved the meeting with the Russians in Trump Tower in 2016. It was a bombshell story from an anonymous source and has reverberated in the news for weeks. Some of us questioned the account after no one came forward to corroborate Cohen despite his saying that Trump was briefed in a room with multiple people. Now, Davis (who some have claimed was the source for CNN) is admitting it is untrue.
At no point over weeks of coverage did Davis come forward to refute the story until now — after accusing the President of being co-conspirator in election fraud.
Davis however simply said that the reporting was “mixed up” and that his client actually has no such information even though he was the source of the information.
“I regret that I wasn’t clear enough to The Post. I should have been more clear. I could not independently confirm the information in the CNN story. I’m sorry that I left that impression. I wasn’t at the meeting. The only person who could confirm that information is my client, [Michael Cohen].”
It is unclear why Davis would suddenly want to correct a false story after weeks of controversy including repeated questions in the White House briefings. When reading this coverage didn’t it seem like an opportune time to correct the record?
One would have thought such a correction was urgent given that it would also mean that your client gave false information to Congress.
While some have said Davis or Cohen were the sources, Davis expressly denied that assertion: “It was painful. We were not the source, we could not confirm, and we could not correct. We had to be silent because of the sensitivity needed in the middle of a criminal investigation.” Yet Davis spoke at length about the investigations and why would denying his client made such an allegation be barred, particularly for someone who is not under a cooperation agreement?
CNN has not corrected the report from July 27.