Aug 28, 2018

Despite Cohen's lawyer's changing answers, CNN stands by Trump Tower report

Lanny Davis. Photo: Leigh Vogel/Getty Images

CNN is standing by its story that Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal attorney, claimed he was willing to tell special counsel Robert Mueller that Trump knew about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between campaign officials and the Russians.

Why it matters: Lanny Davis, Cohen's attorney, admitted he was one of CNN's anonymous sources for the story, but backed off his original claim instead saying Cohen does not know if Trump knew about the meeting. A CNN spokeswoman said the story, which CNN first reported in July, had "more than one source" and the organization remained confident in its reporting despite Davis' flip.

Between the lines: Davis told Axios' Jonathan Swan earlier this month that Cohen doesn't know whether Trump knew about the meeting and refused to shoot down CNN's original story, but explained that Cohen's team was not the source of it.

CNN says the story noted that Cohen did not have evidence to support his claim and only reported that Cohen was making the claim while seeking a deal from prosecutors.

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George Floyd protests: What you need to know

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Clashes erupted between police and protesters in several major U.S. cities Saturday night as demonstrations over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black men spread across the country.

The big picture: Floyd's death in Minneapolis police custody is the latest reminder of the disparities between black and white communities in the U.S. and comes as African Americans grapple with higher death rates from the coronavirus and higher unemployment from trying to stem its spread.

Massive demonstrations put police response to unrest in the spotlight

Washington State Police use tear gas to disperse a crowd in Seattle during a demonstration protesting the death of George Floyd. Photo: Jason Redmond/AFP via Getty Images

The response of some officers during demonstrations against police brutality in the U.S. has been criticized for being excessive by some officials and Black Lives Matter leaders.

Why it matters: The situation is tense across the U.S., with reports of protesters looting and burning buildings. While some police have responded with restraint and by monitoring the protests, others have used batons, tear gas and other chemicals and devices to disperse protesters and, in some cases, journalists.

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U.S. cities crack down on protesters

The scene near the 5th police precinct during a demonstration calling for justice for George Floyd in Minneapolis on Saturday. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

Major U.S. cities have implemented curfews and called on National Guard to mobilize as thousands of demonstrators gather across the nation to continue protesting the death of George Floyd.

The state of play: Hundreds have already been arrested as tensions continue to rise between protesters and local governments. Protesters are setting police cars on fire as freeways remain blocked and windows are shattered, per the Washington Post. Law enforcement officials are using tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse crowds and send protesters home.