CNN so far has not corrected a discredited claim by Clinton-connected attorney Lanny Davis that President Donald Trump knew about a meeting in Trump Tower during his political campaign.
During the June 2016 meeting, reportedly attended by eight people, Fusion GPS and Kremlin-connected Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya peddled anti-Clinton opposition research to the campaign, including some from Fusion GPS, the same political consultancy firm that pushed the Steele dossier.
The Trump campaign denies that anything came out of the meeting.
A panel on “The Five” tackled CNN’s misreporting that Donald Trump knew about the meeting — a fabrication that came from Lanny Davis, who wrongly spoke on behalf of former Trump attorney Michael Cohen.
CNN reported at the time that Cohen was prepared to drop the now-fizzled bombshell that Trump was aware of the Trump Tower confab.
Greg Gutfeld of Fox News mercilessly mocked the competing network over its since-pilloried report, then turned the conversation to “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade.
“This is an amazing blockbuster story, Kilmeade. I want you to try to get your head around it. I know it will be tough for you, because you are working all the time. But this is CNN’s source contradicting what they said to CNN, so somebody is lying. Do you think this will be on Michael [Brian] Stelter’s ‘Reliable Sources’?” Gutfeld asked.
Juan Williams disagreed there was any evidence of “corruption” in the FBI investigation.
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“Lanny Davis is also a crisis expert. That’s what he wrote a book on,” Kilmeade responded. “So here’s his crisis. How does [he solve] the crisis? Take responsibility for it.”
“‘I’ll take the heat and I can handle it,'” he continued, referring to Davis. “He also says, ‘The reporting got mixed up through the course of the criminal investigation.’ Nope, that didn’t work,” he added.
“‘I made a mistake, did not mean to be cute, never was,'” Kilmeade went on, citing Davis. “Says he ‘did not lie to CNN, he unintentionally misspoke.’ Said ‘his instinct’ — this is what he said about what Cohen knows — said ‘his client might have something to say about Mueller, about hacking, but he shouldn’t have said anything.'”
Kilmeade then summarized the problems with the changing of stories by Davis.
“The question is, is he worried that Michael Cohen put his hand on the Bible and swore that he was telling the truth and said ‘he had nothing to do with this, that Trump knew nothing about this Trump Tower situation’? And when he came out and says, ‘Now he knows,’ then Cohen suddenly looks as though he committed perjury. So then he had to backtrack?” Kilmeade added.
“There’s more to this story,” he summed up.
Gutfeld turned the story back to CNN.
“Dana, I want to stick to the CNN thing because why not — it’s fun. On that [July 27] story, CNN said Lanny Davis didn’t make any comment on that. This is from Glenn Greenwald — I’m actually quoting a Glenn Greenwald article. He is right. CNN says Lanny Davis refused to comment, so either CNN lied to its audience about Davis or Davis is lying now,” he said.
“The Five” panel tied in the reports about Bruce Ohr; his wife, Nellie Ohr, who worked at Fusion GPS; and Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson’s role in pushing the discredited Steele dossier in the FBI investigation of the Trump campaign.
Juan Williams (shown above right, at the top of this article) was the voice of dissent. He disagreed there was any evidence of “corruption” in the FBI investigation. The debate with co-panelist and conservative radio host Tammy Bruce (shown above left) only got more heated from there.
Check out the video below: