'He's Full of It': 'Outnumbered' Slams Lanny Davis After He Walks Back Claim About Cohen, Trump & Russia
'He knew exactly what he was doing.'
The "Outnumbered" co-hosts blasted Michael Cohen attorney Lanny Davis after he admitted to being an "anonymous" source in a CNN story about the infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting.
The July 27 piece reported that Cohen claimed to have witnessed Donald Trump being informed in advance about a 2016 meeting between his son Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer in Trump Tower.
Trump has repeatedly denied knowledge of the meeting, and fired back on CNN's report last month.
.....I did NOT know of the meeting with my son, Don jr. Sounds to me like someone is trying to make up stories in order to get himself out of an unrelated jam (Taxi cabs maybe?). He even retained Bill and Crooked Hillary’s lawyer. Gee, I wonder if they helped him make the choice!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2018
Davis has now walked back the bombshell assertion, telling The Washington Post that he is not certain if the claim is accurate and that he could not independently confirm it.
“I think he’s full of it, obviously,” Lisa Boothe said, adding that Davis understands that the press hates Trump so much they will run with any report that presents the president in a negative light.
"I think the big thing here is that we keep seeing these bombshell stories that would dramatically change the way that the entire Russia investigation is viewed that end up being wrong," Boothe said.
She pointed to a retracted ABC News report that initially claimed Michael Flynn was prepared to testify that he was instructed by then-"candidate" Donald Trump to contact Russian officials during the campaign, in addition to a corrected CNN report that Trump Jr. had received advance notice from WikiLeaks about a trove of hacked documents.
“I think when President Trump says 'fake news,' these stories just solidify that and bring people into his camp that are like, 'Yeah, you’re right, there is fake news out there.'"
Katie Pavlich noted that Davis is a longtime political operative affiliated with Bill and Hillary Clinton, arguing that his assertion that he simply made a mistake is "bogus."
"He knew exactly what he was doing. And the problem is that the accusation that was made is a very serious one," Pavlich said. "He made this huge accusation, made the president look like he was lying about it, and now there are certain people in the media who won't retract the story as they should."
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