Published: Thu, August 30, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Cohen Lawyer Admits to Being Source Behind CNN's Trump Tower Report

Cohen Lawyer Admits to Being Source Behind CNN's Trump Tower Report

The story is under fresh scrutiny now that Davis has backed away from previous assertions that Cohen could tell investigators Trump had advance knowledge of the meeting, the Washington Post reported this week.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has questioned witnesses about whether President Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen conducted separate personal business while employed by the Trump Organization - even after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Cohen's office and hotel, CNBC reported Tuesday.

"We don't comment on pieces we haven't published", a New Yorker spokesperson said Tuesday.

Davis also outed himself as an anonymous source for the story Bernstein wrote along with co-authors Jim Sciutto and Marshall Cohen.

"It is alleged that I called Donald Trump on October 1 and that he put me on speaker phone [and] that the source overheard", Mr. Stone told the newspaper, decrying the claim as "horse [expletive]".

CNN's report began to fall apart after Davis revealed to both the Washington Post and CNN host Anderson Cooper that he, in fact, possess no knowledge of whether Cohen was privy to the alleged conversation about the meeting. "I made a mistake", he told the news outlet.

"I think the same thing is going on here", Akerman said, adding that there's "no way" the deal would have been so specifically "tailored the way it was unless it was being orchestrated by the Mueller team".

"No, he does not", Davis said.

One frustrated CNN employee told Buzzfeed News that the network's defense of its report drew ire from staffers.

Although the CNN reporting was proven to be wrong, they are continuing to support the story and are not offering a redaction.

CBS News has updated its original report.

However, here's where the reporter's defense of their initial reporting takes yet another freaky turn. He had directly denied being the source for that story over the weekend when it came to light that Cohen, in a closed-door meeting with Congress in 2017, said he was unsure if Trump knew about the Veselnitskaya meeting.

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