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Michael Cohen retains former Clinton lawyer Lanny Davis

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Lanny Davis, former special counsel to Bill Clinton. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Lanny Davis, counsel to former President Bill Clinton, told the New York Times' Maggie Haberman Thursday that he has been retained by former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to help defend him against federal prosecutors in their investigation into alleged violations of election law and possible crimes related to his business dealings.

Davis said in a statement that Cohen "deserves to tell his side of the story — subject ... to the advice of his counsel." He added that he recognized Cohen's "sincerity" when he told ABC that he will "put family and country first" over any allegiance to Trump. Davis joins attorney Guy Petrillo in representing Cohen.