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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 TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency 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."

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The original CNN report also noted that Cohen, the president's former personal attorney, was prepared to talk to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump 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.