In June 2016, Trump Jr. and other members of the campaign met at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer who was expected to offer damaging information on then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Anyway, we also know Bernstein's Trump Tower story is fake news because Bernstein's source himself - the aforementioned Lanny Davis - has admitted the story is not true, and since the entire story is about what Michael Cohen believes Trump knew and Lanny Davis is Michael Cohen's attorney, there is simply no way for Bernstein and CNN to defend this story.
Last week, Davis told Anderson Cooper, "I think the reporting of the story got mixed up in the course of a criminal investigation".
Nevertheless, even to those of us who see the Trump Tower story as the golden snipe in the snipe hunt that is the Russian collusion hoax, Trump lying about such a thing would still be a pretty big deal.
Davis said he should not have expressed such confidence in his information. CNN also ran a story in July alleging that Cohen had watched Trump and Junior chat about the Russian Federation meeting before it happened.
But asked Saturday how confident he was that Trump knew about the hacking before it became public, Davis said: "I am not sure".
"No, there's not", Davis said. "There's a possibility that is the case". In other words, the story reports claims that Cohen had said he was willing to make, not the underlying truth of those claims.
And now, Buzzfeed reports that Lanny Davis, Cohen's lawyer, has admitted he was one of the anonymous sources for the CNN story, and that he can not corroborate his account of Cohen's story. But Davis's new statement that he was a source for a story he now refutes raises questions about what action, if any, the network might take.
Davis told BuzzFeed News Monday night he regretted being the anonymous source as well as his subsequent denial.