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Lanny Davis: Cohen flipped on Trump, has evidence of Russia conspiracy

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  • Lanny Davis, the attorney representing longtime
    personal lawyer of President Donald Trump, Michael Cohen, said
    Cohen has knowledge of a conspiracy between Trump and Russia,
    and he’ll tell Special Counsel Robert Mueller about
    it.
  • Davis announced a fundraiser for Cohen to help him tell
    the truth about Trump, which Davis claims includes both a
    conspiracy to rig the 2016 presidential election and to cover
    it up from the FBI.
  • Cohen on Tuesday pleaded guilty to committing campaign
    finance violations at the direction of Trump, another sign he’s
    no longer covering for the president. 
  • The FBI raided Cohen’s office in April, recovering more
    than four million documents from Cohen’s time as Trump’s
    lawyer.

Lanny Davis, the attorney representing longtime personal lawyer
of President Donald Trump, Michael Cohen, said on Wednesday
morning that Cohen knows about Trump efforts to conspire with
Russia to rig the 2016 presidential election.

Davis had previously teased that Cohen had “knowledge on
certain subjects that should be of interest to the special
counsel,” but came right out and suggested a smoking gun on
MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Davis told MSNBC that not only does Cohen’s guilty plea to
campaign finance violations on the direction of Trump implicate
Trump in the crimes, but that Cohen has completely flipped.

He said he will provide Special Counsel Robert Mueller with
evidence that Trump worked with Russia to sway the
election. 

“Michael Cohen knows information that would be of interest
to the Special Counsel 

regarding both knowledge
about a conspiracy to corrupt American democracy by the
Russians 

and the failure to report that
knowledge to the FBI,” said Davis. 

Davis went on to plug
a fundraiser for Cohen, the “Michael Cohen Truth Fund”

which Davis said would help Cohen cooperate with investigators.
Davis, as Cohen’s legal counsel, may ultimately get the funds
donated.

“On August 21, Michael Cohen made the decision to take
legal responsibility and to continue his commitment to tell the
truth,” the fundraiser’s description reads.

August 21, Tuesday, was the day that Cohen told the court
that Trump had directed him to break the law. Cohen had
previously displayed a fierce loyalty to Trump, but now,
according to Davis, has completely flipped. 

“Cohen is going to be telling the truth to whoever asks
him,” said Davis. 

In April, the FBI raided Cohen’s home, hotel room, and
office in April, seizing more than four million documents from
Cohen’s years as Trump’s personal lawyer. During that time he
allegedly acted as a fixer and covered up various undesirable
stories about Trump, like his hush money payments to porn star
Stormy Daniels. 

After a brief legal skirmish around Cohen’s defense, that
attorney-client privilege protected the documents and taped
recordings, a judge ruled that less than 0.2% of the documents
would be spared from FBI scrutiny

One former federal prosecutor previously told Business
Insider that such a quick turnaround from the initial April raid
of Cohen’s properties to him being formally charged could signal his
cooperation
.

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