Lanny Davistold BuzzFeed News on Monday evening that he was a source for the story claiming that President Trump had personal prior knowledge of a controversial Trump Tower meeting with Russians — a story the Cohen camp has since repudiated.
“I made a mistake,” Mr. Davis said.
“I think the reporting of the story got mixed up in the course of a criminal investigation. We were not the source of the story,” he told CNN’s Anderson Cooper last week.
He told BuzzFeed on Monday about the Cooper comments that “I did not mean to be cute.”
Further, in the original CNN story, Mr. Davis is actually quoted on the record, despite his being an anonymous source.
The article cited the plural “sources with knowledge.”
But as other news outlets wrote stories “matching” the CNN scoop, which if true would contradict the president’s repeated and public denials of any knowledge of the meeting, Mr. Davis was eagerly confirming the story to those other outlets.
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