Lanny Davis, who spent countless hours defending Clinton more than two decades ago, said on Thursday that he’s now representing Cohen in the tightening federal probe.
“Like most of America, I have been following the matter regarding Michael Cohen with great interest,” Davis said in a statement. “As an attorney, I have talked to Michael many times in the last two weeks. Then I read his words published on July 2, I recognized their sincerity. Michael Cohen deserves to tell his side of the story — subject, of course, to the advice of counsel.”
Cohen gave an interview to ABC News Monday, during which he said he would “put family and country” ahead of Trump, leading many to suspect the president’s former fixer will cooperate with federal investigators.
The U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan is investigating Cohen regarding potential fraud involving the $130,000 hush payment he made to adult film star Stormy Daniels just before the 2016 election in order to obtain her silence about the sexual affair she alleges took place with Trump in 2006.
Davis served as an official Clinton White House legal adviser as it fended cascading investigations from independent counsel Kenneth Starr. After leaving the White House, Davis maintained his role as prominent on-air surrogate for the Democratic president as he faced impeachment proceedings related to an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
More recently, Davis penned a 2018 book criticizing former FBI Director James Comey for his handling of the federal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state, saying the probe cost Clinton the 2016 presidential election. Davis is particularly close to Hillary Clinton, Trump's 2016 campaign nemesis.
Joseph diGenova, one of Trump’s informal legal advisers, praised Cohen’s decision to hire Davis:
“Very professional, very skilled and articulate public spokesman,” said diGenova. “It sounds like Michael Cohen should use a spokesman and shut up and get off television. That might be the best use of his time.”