Michael Cohen’s lawyer made a major revelation during a CNN interview on Wednesday night, saying that his client “does not” have any information that then-candidate Donald Trump knew in advance about the Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer.
The revelation was significant because it debunked a CNN report which stated that Cohen claimed “Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower in which Russians were expected to offer his campaign dirt on Hillary Clinton,” and that “Cohen is willing to make that assertion to special counsel Robert Mueller.”
CNN’s report, which cited “sources,” was used by the Democrats and most of the media to claim that there was evidence that Trump colluded with Russian government officials.
Lanny Davis, Cohen’s lawyer, appeared to thoroughly debunk CNN’s report last night, saying that “the reporting of the story got mixed up in the course of a criminal investigation.”
“So, Michael Cohen does not have information that President Trump knew about the Trump Tower meeting with the Russians beforehand or even after?” CNN host Anderson Cooper asked.
“No, he does not,” Davis responded.
The revelation made during the interview was not promoted by CNN as two tweets on the “Anderson Cooper 360°” Twitter account that contained video clips from the segment conveniently did not include the portion where Davis made the revelation. CNN also did not publish the interview on their YouTube channel.