Michael Cohen's attorney admits to being CNN source; network stands by report

Michael Cohen's attorney admits to being CNN source; network stands by report
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Michael Cohen’s attorney is admitting he was an anonymous source for a bombshell CNN story that suggested then-candidate Donald TrumpDonald TrumpNew Capitol Police chief to take over Friday Overnight Health Care: Biden officials says no change to masking guidance right now | Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of Medicaid expansion | Mississippi's attorney general asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade Michael Wolff and the art of monetizing gossip MORE had advance knowledge of a Trump Tower meeting between his eldest son and Russians in June 2016.

“I made a mistake,” Davis told BuzzFeed on Monday. 

He told CNN's Anderson Cooper last week that he and Cohen "were not the source of the story."


The original CNN report also noted that Cohen, the president's former personal attorney, was prepared to talk 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.

CNN says it stands by the story, which co-bylined by Jim Sciutto, Carl Bernstein and Marshall Cohen, and cites other unidentified sources.

Davis's admission has led to criticism of CNN, as Davis was both an anonymous source and referenced as someone who declined to comment in the story. Davis is also an opinion contributor to The Hill.

“Contacted by CNN, one of Cohen’s attorneys, Lanny Davis, declined to comment,” the story states.