Lanny Davis: Cohen Has Info On Trump "Preknowledge Of Computer Hacking"

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CBS NEWS: Michael Cohen's attorney, Lanny Davis, joins CBS This Morning from Washington to discuss why it's "indisputable" that President Trump's lawyers told special counsel in the Russia investigation that Mr. Trump directed Cohen to make illegal payments. He also says Cohen has knowledge that may be of interest to the special counsel relating to election hacking.

"His lawyers wrote the special counsel and said that he directed Michael Cohen to make these payments. So the answer is, yes, he committed a crime. He should be indicted if he were not the president, he clearly would be indicted and jailed for that crime. Whether he can be indicted as president of course is not yet decided by the Supreme Court," Davis said Wednesday morning.

Davis said that Cohen had information on Trump having "preknowledge" of upcoming computer hacking. He said if true, it would constitute Trump's knowledge of a crime committed by a foreign government.





"I was a little careful in the way I phrased that. I said that he had matters that would be of interest to the special counsel relating to preknowledge of computer hacking by Donald Trump, which if true, if true would constitute knowledge of a crime committed by a foreign government in hacking our computers, which was part of the indictment of 12 Russians that the special counsel has already published," Davis said.

NORAH O'DONNELL, 'CBS THIS MORNING' CO-HOST: Your client said he made those payments to the two women in coordination with and at the direction of Mr. Trump implicating the president in a federal crime. Does Michael Cohen have evidence of that?

LANNY DAVIS, ATTORNEY FOR MICHAEL COHEN: Look, this is one thing I'd like to do this morning above all, which is it's not about evidence, it is definitive, indisputable that Donald Trump's lawyers said in a letter to the special counsel that President Trump directed, the same word that Michael Cohen used in court yesterday under oath, directed Michael Cohen to make illegal payments. It's not a dispute, it's not about credibility. His own lawyers used the word "directed."

Now, he lied on air force one when he said he knew nothing about it and Rudy Giuliani said he can lie to the American people and it's not a crime. But his lawyers are the witnesses against him that he directed Michael Cohen. There's no dispute on that.

O'DONNELL: Well, I appreciate that, but I think you can understand it's a pretty explosive allegation to say that the president directed him to do that. That's why I'm asking about evidence because the next question then becomes do you believe the president is a co-conspirator and that he could be indicted?

DAVIS: First of all, I do have to respectfully disagree. When your lawyer states something, that's evidence that your own lawyer is saying that you did something. It's not a dispute.

His lawyers wrote the special counsel and said that he directed Michael Cohen to make these payments. So the answer is, yes, he committed a crime. He should be indicted if he were not the president, he clearly would be indicted and jailed for that crime. Whether he can be indicted as president of course is not yet decided by the Supreme Court.


Davis teases Cohen witnessing a conspiracy to commit computer hacking by the Trump presidential campaign:

O'DONNELL: Last night you said that your client, Michael Cohen, has evidence about a conspiracy to collude and corrupt the democracy system in the 2016 election including computer crime hacking. When will you speak with the special counsel about this?

DAVIS: I was a little careful in the way I phrased that. I said that he had matters that would be of interest to the special counsel relating to preknowledge of computer hacking by Donald Trump, which if true, if true would constitute knowledge of a crime committed by a foreign government in hacking our computers, which was part of the indictment of 12 Russians that the special counsel has already published.

So my observation is that he can speak to that. Beyond that I can't go -- it will have to play out with the special counsel.

O'DONNELL: You're saying Cohen knew that the president of the United States knew about hacking during the campaign?

DAVIS: I can't go beyond saying that it's my observation that this topic will be of interest to the special counsel. He has statements that he can make along those lines, but I can't go beyond that.

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