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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

One of the most bizarre aspects of the investigations engulfing the Trump administration is the lawyers involved. Here we have a presidency on the line, and this is Trump's team? The top legal spokesmen for each side are ... Rudy Giuliani and Lanny Davis!? Up until this point, though, Giuliani was the Great Contradictor and Davis was merely a colorful character. Now that has changed in a big way.

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Davis has also fessed up to being the anonymous source for at least two CNN stories in July, both of which he has admitted were "base speculation". CNN is still standing by the stories, but we shall see how long that lasts.

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-08-27 11:05 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Would you like a "nothing-burger" with your whine?

#2 | Posted by soulfly at 2018-08-28 01:56 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I thought Cohen might be a bombshell. It's looking less likely now.

#3 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-08-28 09:00 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Would you like a "nothing-burger" with your whine?

#2 | POSTED BY SOULFLY AT 2018-08-28 01:56 AM

Why don't you ask WashPo, this is a reprint of their article.

#4 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-08-28 10:12 AM | Reply

Lanny Davis, Alan Dershowitz and Rudy Giuliani all need to take a chill pill.

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-08-28 10:20 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#5

I completely agree, all of the media on all sides of the spectrum need to calm down, let Mueller and his team do their jobs and let the chips fall where they may. They won't do that, since they need the click bait to survive, but one can dream.

I have a hunch, however, that someone on Mueller's team told Lanny to STFU because his "base speculation" was potentially harming their investigation.

#6 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-08-28 12:10 PM | Reply

Lanny Davis, Alan Dershowitz and Rudy Giuliani all need to take a chill pill.

#5 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY AT 2018-08-28 10:20 AM | FLAG: | NEWSW

Without Giuliani this would not have been exposed and as far as Dershowitz is concerned he just speaks to the letter of the law, someone who gives a professional opinion. Liberals just hate him because he won't automatically say Trump is guilty.

#7 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-08-28 01:04 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Liberals have hated dershowitz since OJ.

#8 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2018-08-28 01:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

I am usually not an Intercept/Greenwald fan, but he makes an interesting point about why CNN refuses to comment on Lanny Davis' retraction:

The substance of the CNN story itself regarding Cohen – which made headline news all over all the world and which CNN hyped as a "bombshell" – has now been retracted by other news outlets that originally purported to "confirm" CNN's story. That's because the anonymous source for this confirmation, Cohen lawyer Lanny Davis, now admits that, in essence, his "confirmation" was false. As a result, both the Washington Post and the NY Post outed Davis as their anonymous source and then effectively retracted their stories "confirming" parts of CNN's report.

CNN, however, has retracted nothing. All inquiries to the network are directed to a corporate spokesperson, who simply says: "We stand by our story, and are confident in our reporting of it."

But there's an entirely separate, and more significant, question about CNN's behavior here; namely, the very specific claim they made about their sourcing for that blockbuster story. Last night, BuzzFeed reported that Davis explicitly confessed that he was one of the anonymous sources for CNN's July 26 story, just as he was for the stories from the Washington Post and the New York Post. Last week, CNN put Davis on the air with Anderson Cooper to deny that he was the source for that CNN story – a denial Cooper did not contest – but Davis now admits he was one of CNN's sources, if not their main source.

Yet remarkably, CNN, in its July 26 story, specifically claimed that Davis refused to talk to CNN about the story or provide any comment whatsoever.

Only one of two things can be true here, and either is extremely significant: (1) CNN deliberately lied to its audience about Davis refusing to comment on the story when, in fact, Davis was one of the anonymous sources on which the CNN report depended, and CNN claimed Davis refused to comment in order to hide Davis' identity as one of their anonymous sources; or (2) Davis is lying now to BuzzFeed when he confessed to having been one of CNN's sources for the story.

How can CNN possibly justify refusing to address these questions, and refrain from informing the public about these critical matters on a story that they themselves hyped for days as a "blockbuster," one of the most significant stories yet in the Trump/Russia saga?

CNN, Credibly Accused of Lying to its Audience About a Key Claim in its Blockbuster Cohen Story, Refuses to Comment

#9 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-08-28 01:42 PM | Reply

Without Giuliani this would not have been exposed and as far as Dershowitz is concerned he just speaks to the letter of the law, someone who gives a professional opinion. Liberals just hate him because he won't automatically say Trump is guilty.

#7 | Posted by fishpaw
Decent people from all parties hate him because he'd helping a foreign agent stay in the white house. So should you if you are any sort of patriot.

#10 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-08-28 01:57 PM | Reply

what a circus.

#11 | Posted by klifferd at 2018-08-28 01:58 PM | Reply


@#11 ... what a circus. ...

Yes.

We now see one very important reason why Mr Mueller and his team stay out of the press. Mr Mueller works in the court of law, not the courts of public and political opinion.

#12 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-08-28 02:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I thought Cohen might be a bombshell. It's looking less likely now.

#3 | Posted by JeffJ

Funny how this tiny blip is enough to fill you with doubt about the prosecution's case, but much more massive scandals and outright lies aren't enough to fill you with doubt about the defense's case.

Your supposed mature pragmatic detached nonpartisan skepticism only applies to one side.

#13 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-08-28 02:23 PM | Reply

Your supposed mature pragmatic detached nonpartisan skepticism only applies to one side.

POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY AT 2018-08-28 02:23 PM | REPLY

That's what partisan hackery will get you.

#14 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-08-28 02:25 PM | Reply

Without Giuliani this would not have been exposed and as far as Dershowitz is concerned he just speaks to the letter of the law, someone who gives a professional opinion. Liberals just hate him because he won't automatically say Trump is guilty.
#7 | Posted by fishpaw
Decent people from all parties hate him because he'd helping a foreign agent stay in the white house. So should you if you are any sort of patriot.

#10 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY AT 2018-08-28 01:57 PM | FLAG:

How is he helping Dummy? He simply interprets the law and pretty well considering his credentials. You are just a card carrying political hack who won't accept anyone's legal opinion if it doesn't throw Trump out of office.

#15 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-08-28 03:00 PM | Reply

How is he helping Dummy?

#15 | Posted by fishpaw

Are you seriously asking how a lawyer helps his client and then calling someone else dumb?

#16 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-08-28 03:04 PM | Reply

Davis hasn't done any damage to the case against Trump because there is no case against Trump. Russian collusion is absolute nonsense.

You guys are going to be really disappointed when your illusion of collusion finally collapses. You guys haven't been excited about Manfort and Cohen tax evasion, but you should be, because that's as good as it's going to get. I hope you've been preparing yourselves.

#17 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2018-08-28 04:41 PM | Reply

#17

Wow, talk about chumming the waters...

#18 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-08-28 04:46 PM | Reply

You guys are going to be really disappointed when your illusion of collusion finally collapses. You guys haven't been excited about Manfort and Cohen tax evasion, but you should be, because that's as good as it's going to get. I hope you've been preparing yourselves.

POSTED BY BEN_BERKKAKE AT 2018-08-28 04:41 PM | REPLY

It's already been admitted to slick.

OOPSIE DAISY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#19 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-08-28 04:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Davis hasn't done any damage to the case against Trump because there is no case against Trump. Russian collusion is absolute nonsense." - #17 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2018-08-28 04:41 PM

The same could be said about the Whitewater investigation.

Didn't stop Ken Starr.

And didn't stop what ultimately happened to Bill Clinton, compliments of Ken Starr.

#20 | Posted by Hans at 2018-08-28 04:55 PM | Reply

You guys are going to be really disappointed when your illusion of collusion finally collapses. You guys haven't been excited about Manfort and Cohen tax evasion, but you should be, because that's as good as it's going to get. I hope you've been preparing yourselves.

#17 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake

Last february Don Jr. released emails proving his efforts to collude. His dad has now publicly admitted that was their intention (after lying about it for a while.) Try and keep up. It would probably help if you chose different news sources.

#21 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-08-28 05:05 PM | Reply

The same could be said about the Whitewater investigation.

Didn't stop Ken Starr.

And didn't stop what ultimately happened to Bill Clinton, compliments of Ken Starr.

Whatabout?

#22 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2018-08-28 08:30 PM | Reply

"Whatabout?" - #22 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2018-08-28 08:30 PM

To paraphrase you: "Whitewater is absolute nonsense."

Apparently, you're that dense.

#23 | Posted by Hans at 2018-08-28 08:35 PM | Reply

This whole event sounds like a classic Karl Rove dirty trick, designed to protect Trump.

#24 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-08-28 11:42 PM | Reply

Decent people from all parties hate him because he'd helping a foreign agent stay in the white house. So should you if you are any sort of patriot.
#10 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY AT 2018-08-28 01:57 PM | FLAG:
How is he helping Dummy? He simply interprets the law and pretty well considering his credentials. You are just a card carrying political hack who won't accept anyone's legal opinion if it doesn't throw Trump out of office.

#15 | POSTED BY FISHPAW AT 2018-08-28 03:00 PM | FLAG:

How is he helping Dummy?
#15 | Posted by fishpaw
Are you seriously asking how a lawyer helps his client and then calling someone else dumb?

#16 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY AT 2018-08-28 03:04 PM | FLAG:

Is Dershowitz Trump's lawyer? When did that happen? Please tell us Speakstupid.

#25 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-08-29 12:49 PM | Reply

Last february Don Jr. released emails proving his efforts to collude. His dad has now publicly admitted that was their intention (after lying about it for a while.) Try and keep up. It would probably help if you chose different news sources.

Who was Don Jr. colluding with and what were they colluding about?

(hint: He wasn't colluding.)

#26 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2018-08-29 05:51 PM | Reply

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