President Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen just hired Lanny Davis, who served as special counsel to former President Bill Clinton.
The hire was first reported by The New York Times.
“Michael Cohen deserves to tell his side of the story — subject, of course, to the advice of counsel,” Davis said in a statement to The Times.
Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s outside counsel, told Business Insider that Cohen “should have the attorneys who he has the most confidence in.”
President Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen just hired Lanny Davis, who served as former President Bill Clinton’s special counsel as he was under investigation, as the latest addition to his revamped legal team.
Davis’s hire was reported by The New York Times on Thursday. Times reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted that Davis told her he was retained by Cohen as he prepares for a legal and public relations “onslaught.”
“Like most of America, I have been following the matter regarding Michael Cohen with great interest,” Davis said in a statement to Haberman. “As an attorney, I have talked to Michael many times in the last two weeks. Then I read his words published on July 2, and I recognized his sincerity. Michael Cohen deserves to tell his side of the story — subject, of course, to the advice of counsel.”
Davis’s noting of July 2 is a reference to Cohen’s ABC News interview. In that conversation with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Cohen split with his old boss and fueled speculation that he could soon “flip” and cooperate with the government regarding the criminal investigation he’s at the center of in the Southern District of New York.
Cohen said he would “put family and country first” when considering what he should do regarding that criminal investigation. When Stephanopoulos pressed Cohen about his past vow to “take a bullet” for Trump, Cohen doubled down, saying: “To be crystal clear, my wife, my daughter, and my son and this country have my first loyalty.”
Cohen, who worked for Trump over the past decade, is the focus of an investigation into whether he violated campaign-finance laws or committed bank fraud, wire fraud, illegal lobbying, or other crimes. The FBI raided his home, his office, and his hotel room in April, seizing roughly 4 million documents from the lawyer.
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Source:: Business Insider