Blockbuster CNN Trump/Russia Story In More Doubt After Michael Cohen’s Lawyer Recants

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President-elect Donald Trump greets Rudy Giuliani at the clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in Bedminster Township, N.J. on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016.

Cohen's lawyer is walking back his assertions that his client could tell a special prosecutor that Trump had prior knowledge of a meeting with a Russian lawyer to get damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

Lanny Davis (left) said he can not independently confirm what Cohen might tell investigators about when the president learned of Russian efforts to undermine the Clinton campaign. Elsewhere in CNN's July 27 story the network notes that it actually spoke to none other than Lanny Davis for reaction to what its "sources" were telling it about what Cohen knew.

"I think he has constitutional defenses to the investigation being conducted by Mueller", Dershowitz said.

"We stand by our story, and are confident in our reporting of it", a CNN spokesperson told BuzzFeed Monday. The CNN story originally said Davis offered no comment. I can't figure out why Davis would go so far as to damage his already shaky credibility, though, by running around to outlets like WaPo and admitting that he'd passed along possibly bad information previously.

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People familiar with Cohen's testimony to the House and Senate Intelligence committees said Cohen was interviewed extensively about the Russian interference campaign but did not provide any information to suggest Trump had advance knowledge.

All of which should call into serious question Davis' credibility. While CNN's story may still be technically true, those aren't the rules of the game anymore: rumors mustn't be reported, even if the reporting of the rumors is accurate.

And Bernstein swears on a stack of Bob Woodward's best-sellers that those sources-sources-sources were not Lanny Davis... Why not just decline comment about what Cohen did or didn't know about the Trump Tower meeting going forward?

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"No, there's not", Davis said.

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