Cohen’s lawyer walks back claim Trump knew of Russia meeting

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael 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 said Monday he “should been much clearer that I could not confirm the story.”

Cohen is Trump’s former personal lawyer. Davis is attempting to clean up his comments in interviews last week after Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations, tax evasion and bank fraud.

Davis told The Washington Post over the weekend that he “could not independently confirm” the claims he made on television last week that Cohen witnessed Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., telling his father about the Trump Tower meeting beforehand.

Trump has denied knowing about the meeting and called the claims a “phony story.”

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