According to a report from the New York Post, Michael Cohen told Congress that he has no idea whether Donald Trump knew ahead of time about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting.
Sources told Axios that last year in a closed-door meeting with the House and Senate intelligence committees, Cohen testified that he had no foreknowledge of the meeting and didn’t know if President Trump did either.
CNN reported just last month that Michael Cohen was willing to testify to special counsel Robert Mueller that Trump did know in advance of the meeting, during which the Russian lawyer allegedly offered “dirt” on then-candidate Hillary Clinton.
The New York Post contacted Michael Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, at the time to confirm the report and he said as an anonymous source that it was true.
However, on Thursday, speaking on the record, Lanny Davis apologized for confirming something he did not know wa true.
“I regret that I wasn’t clear enough to The Post. I should have been more clear. I could not independently confirm the information in the CNN story,” he said.
“I’m sorry that I left that impression. I wasn’t at the meeting. The only person who could confirm that information is my client.”
Cohen pleaded guilty on Tuesday to campaign finance violations, alleging he and President Trump arranged to pay two women
Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chair Mark Warner (D-Va.) issued a statement that same day, saying they asked Michael Cohen’s team about his testimony.
“We recently re-engaged with Mr. Cohen and his team following press reports that suggested he had advance knowledge of the June 2016 meeting between campaign officials and Russian lawyers at Trump Tower,” they said.
“Mr. Cohen had testified before the committee that he was not aware of the meeting prior to its disclosure in the press last summer.”
Report by Pete Andrews for MilneNews.com
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