Check Your Sources: CNN's Cohen-Russia-Trump Tower Meeting Story Just Blew Up In Their Faces August 28, 2018
It’s a bit odd given that three-fourths of their audience probably only watch CNN because they’re at the airport. Heck, and I know we’ve mentioned this a lot, they couldn’t accurately report on President Trump feeding koi fish with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. It’s a photo op where two men were feeding fish—and they botched that. They botched what they described as another big Russia collusion scoop in December, where apparently reporters at CNN couldn’t read time stamps properly.
Then-candidate Donald Trump, his son, Donald Jr., and key members of his inner circle received a decryption key via email from a donor to the trove of emails that would be unveiled by Wikileaks in September of 2016. Gasp! Collusion! Scandal! Nope—the email was sent on September 14, 2016, one day later after all of the emails were made public. CNN thought it was sent on September 4. Say it with me now: Wrong.
Well, their latest screw up is just as epic. Remember this story about Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen saying he knew that Trump was aware of the 2016meeting his son took with some Russians at Trump Tower, which turned out to be a big waste of time in which nothing of any importance was divulged. Yeah, CNN was on it last July [emphasis mine]:
Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, claims that then-candidate Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower in which Russians were expected to offer his campaign dirt on Hillary Clinton, sources with knowledge tell CNN. Cohen is willing to make that assertion to special counsel Robert Mueller, the sources said.
Cohen's claim would contradict repeated denials by Trump, Donald Trump Jr., their lawyers and other administration officials who have said that the President knew nothing about the Trump Tower meeting until he was approached about it by The New York Times in July 2017.
Cohen alleges that he was present, along with several others, when Trump was informed of the Russians' offer by Trump Jr. By Cohen's account, Trump approved going ahead with the meeting with the Russians, according to sources.
To be clear, these sources said Cohen does not have evidence, such as audio recordings, to corroborate his claim, but he is willing to attest to his account.