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Lanny Davis, the attorney representing President Donald Trump’s longtime longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen, has said 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” on Wednesday morning.

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 on MSNBC.

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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