Lawyer: Cohen witnessed Trump's 'awareness' of hacked Dem emails before they were released

Michael Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis suggested Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls for Republicans to be 'united' on abortion Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution Facebook temporarily suspended conservative commentator Candace Owens MORE knew about hacked Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails before they were released during the 2016 presidential election.

Davis asserted during an appearance on CNN’s “Situation Room” that Cohen, Trump's former longtime personal attorney, observed Trump's "awareness" of the hacked emails before they were published by WikiLeaks.

"I believe that he [Cohen] observed and saw Mr. Trump being aware of the use of emails to damage [Democratic presidential nominee] Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWarren policy ideas show signs of paying off Biden at campaign kickoff event: I don't have to be 'angry' to win Top Dem: Trump helps GOP erase enthusiasm gap; Ohio a big problem MORE's campaign. That could only have been derived through illegal hacking from a Russian agency called WikiLeaks," Davis said. "I believe there is some information Mr. Cohen could provide to [special counsel Robert] Mueller that would be of interest to Mr. Mueller."

“What I’m suggesting is that Mr. Cohen was an observer and was a witness to Mr. Trump’s awareness of those emails before they were dropped and it would pertain to the hacking of the email accounts,” he continued. 

Davis: " I don't know if it's a smoking gun or how decisive it is. What I'm suggesting is that Mr. Cohen was an observer and was a witness to Mr. Trump's awareness of those e-mails before they were dropped, and it would pertain to the hacking of the e-mail accounts."

— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) August 22, 2018

Mueller last month indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers in the 2016 DNC hack.


WikiLeaks had published hacked emails from the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta in the months leading up to the 2016 election.

The U.S. intelligence community has maintained that the Russians were intending to help elect Trump, who has refuted that assessment.

Davis’s comments Wednesday regarding Trump’s "awareness" of the hacked emails come a day after the lawyer made a similar suggestion on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

“We know he publicly cheered it on, but did he also have private information?” Davis said of the president while discussing the hack.

Davis, who is a contributor to The Hill, added on MSNBC that Cohen “is more than happy to tell the special counsel all that he knows.”