Veteran investigative journalist Carl Bernstein and CNN chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto on Tuesday stood by their botched report on Michael Cohen claiming then-candidate Donald Trump knew in advance of the Trump Tower meeting during the 2016 presidential election — despite their source, Lanny Davis, admitting he could not confirm its veracity.

Bernstein, Sciutto and CNN researcher and producer Marshall Cohen on July 27 reported that “sources with knowledge” told the news network that Cohen was present when Donald Trump Jr. disclosed the forthcoming meeting with Kremlin-linked associates to his father.

President Trump has denied having any prior knowledge of the meeting and has publically asserted Trump Jr.’s participation was in full accordance with the law. “I did NOT know of the meeting with my son, Don jr. Sounds to me like someone is trying to make up stories in order to get himself out of an unrelated jam (Taxi cabs maybe?),” President Trump tweeted. “He even retained Bill and Crooked Hillary’s lawyer. Gee, I wonder if they helped him make the choice!”

Further, CNN’s July 27 report said Cohen does not possess any evidence of the exchange, including audio recordings, yet claimed the longtime Trump lawyer has volunteered to “attest to his account.” Appearing before lawmakers as part of Congress’s investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, a “source,” told CNN that Cohen did not testify then-candidate Donald Trump was informed of the Trump Tower meeting ahead of time.

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