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Lanny Davis tempers confidence that Michael Cohen has info on Trump's knowledge of Russian meddling: WaPo

Lanny Davis tempers confidence that Michael Cohen has info on Trump's knowledge of Russian meddling: WaPo
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The attorney for President TrumpDonald TrumpMaria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' The Memo: The center strikes back Republicans eye Nashville crack-up to gain House seat MORE's former lawyer Michael Cohen is tempering the confidence with which he suggested Cohen had information on Trump's knowledge of Russian meddling efforts in the 2016 election. 

Lanny Davis, who is representing Cohen, over the weekend told The Washington Post that he is unsure if Cohen knows whether Trump was aware of Russian meddling on his behalf during the presidential election. 

Davis, who is an opinion contributor to The Hill, this past week has claimed Cohen may have information that is of interest to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's ongoing investigation into ties between Moscow and Trump's campaign. 

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He now says he "should have been more clear" that he doesn't know the extent of Cohen's knowledge, particularly when it comes to the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting attended by the president's son and a Russian lawyer with ties to the government. 

Trump on Saturday tweeted about Davis's recanting, claiming it proves the allegation that Trump knew in advance about the meeting was "another phony story by the Fake News Media."

"Michaels Cohen’s attorney clarified the record, saying his client does not know if President Trump knew about the Trump Tower meeting (out of which came nothing!)," Trump tweeted. "The answer is that I did NOT know about the meeting. Just another phony story by the Fake News Media!"

Cohen pleaded guilty to eight criminal charges last week, increasing speculation over whether he will be asked to serve as a witness in Mueller's investigation. 

The Post last month reported that Cohen had witnessed a conversation between Trump and his son about the meeting before it occurred. They attributed the story to an anonymous source at the time, but the newspaper revealed over the weekend that Davis was that source.

"I should have been more clear — including with you — that I could not independently confirm what happened,” Davis told the Post. "I regret my error."

Davis in recent days has conducted interviews on multiple broadcast news networks, claiming he is "not sure" of what Cohen knows. 

Sens. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Centrists gain leverage over progressives in Senate infrastructure battle The Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? MORE (R-N.C.) and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting On The Money: Centrists gain leverage over progressives in Senate infrastructure battle | White House rules out gas tax hike Democrats introduce resolution apologizing to LGBT community for government discrimination MORE (D-Va.) last week in a joint statement said they want Cohen to testify again in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee. They said Cohen testified he did not know about the Trump Tower meeting until reports emerged in the press. 

Burr and Warner, who are overseeing an investigation into ties between Russia and Trump, said Cohen told the committee he does not want to amend his testimony, the Post reported.