CNN ‘Botches’ Michael Cohen Story Leaked by House Intel Panel – Adds Major Update
This is awkward.
CNN botched another story that was leaked to them by the House Intel Panel in the middle of Michael Cohen’s closed-door testimony on Wednesday.
Michael Cohen appeared before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday in a closed-door interview and CNN coincidentally received information as the hearing was taking place.
CNN reported that Michael Cohen provided the House Intelligence Committee with documents showing edits to his false written statement that he delivered to the Senate Intel Panel in 2017 about the Trump Organization’s efforts to potentially build a Trump Tower in Moscow — the documents would back up claims Michael Cohen made to the House Oversight Committee last week that Trump’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow made the changes to his written testimony.
CNN cited “multiple sources familiar with the matter,” when they claimed the documents Michael Cohen provided to the House Intel Panel Wednesday showed President Trump’s lawyers made edits to Cohen’s 2017 written statement — in other words, CNN’s fake news report floated the idea that President Trump’s lawyers suborned perjury from Michael Cohen.
Later Wednesday evening, CNN’s story fell apart and they made a major update to their original article which of course completely changed the story.
CNN’s update actually states that Cohen and his own lawyers made edits to his written statement, not President Trump’s lawyers:
Lanny Davis, Cohen’s attorney, told CNN that Cohen himself authored the false line in his 2017 testimony to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow project timeline.
Cohen wrote the initial draft of the testimony himself and then his attorney Stephen Ryan edited it, sharing it with other attorneys who were part of the joint defense agreement, to review for accuracy and potential privilege issues and those attorneys provided some suggested changes, a source familiar with the drafting of Cohen’s testimony said. Cohen and his attorney approved all changes, according to the source.
Trump’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow refuted Michael Cohen’s claims last week that lawyers for the President edited Cohen’s statement.
Sekulow said the “testimony by Michael Cohen that attorneys for the President edited or changed his statement to Congress to alter the duration of the Trump Tower Moscow negotiations is completely false.”
Michael Cohen was sentenced to 36 months in prison in December for lying to Congress and other crimes related to his taxi medallion business and is scheduled to report to prison on May 6th.
Top GOP lawmakers criminally referred Michael Cohen to the Justice Department twice over statements he made to the House Oversight Committee last week.
In the meantime, the Democrat-controlled House Intel Panel chaired by Adam Schiff is selectively leaking information to fake news CNN to harass and smear President Trump.
H/T Daily Caller reporter Chuck Ross
Lanny Davis just told Tapper that Cohen put Jan 2016 in his false testimony, confirming the reporting below. Another CNN screwup https://t.co/L8SAbcf1wK
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) March 6, 2019