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Report: Michael Cohen Adds Longtime Clinton Ally To His Legal Team

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Chuck Ross Investigative Reporter
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Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney to President Donald Trump, has added a longtime ally of former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton to his legal team.

“Like most of America, I have been following the matter regarding Michael Cohen with great interest,” Lanny Davis, a former special counsel to Bill Clinton, said in a statement to The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman.

“As an attorney, I have talked to Michael many times in the last two weeks. Then I read his words published on July 2, and I recognized his sincerity,” he continued, referring to a Cohen interview with ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos.

“Michael Cohen deserves to tell his side of the story — subject, of course, to the advice of counsel.”

Davis, 72, specializes in public relations and crisis management. He worked for Clinton between 1996 and 1998, the height of the Monica Lewinsky saga. His client list ranges from individuals like Martha Stewart to dictators in the Ivory Coast and Equatorial Guinea.

In his ABC News interview, Cohen suggested that he is distancing himself from Trump and could potentially cooperate with federal investigators. (RELATED: Michael Cohen Makes Waves In New Interview But Still Denies Collusion, Disputes Steele Dossier)

While Cohen has said in the past that he would “take a bullet” for his former boss, he told Stephanopoulos that he now plans to “put family and country first.”

Cohen is under investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York for possible campaign finance violations and bank fraud.

One focus of the investigation is a $130,000 payment that Cohen made in October 2016 to Stormy Daniels, the porn star who allegedly had an affair with Trump in 2006. As Trump’s fixer, Cohen arranged the payment in exchange for Daniels signing a non-disclosure agreement.

The FBI raided Cohen’s Manhattan apartment, office and hotel room on April 9. Prosecutors are now reviewing more than 1 million documents as part of the investigation.

What information Cohen could possibly provide to prosecutors about Trump remains unclear. But Cohen was deeply involved in numerous real estate deals and was considered a consigliere of sorts for Trump. He began working for Trump in 2007.

While Cohen’s recent interview sparked speculation that he has information that could potentially harm Trump, he also suggested that he was not involved in collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government to influence the 2016 election.

Collusion allegations against Cohen first appeared in the infamous Democrat-funded Steele dossier. In one report, dossier author Christopher Steele alleged that Cohen traveled to Prague in August 2016 to meet with Kremlin officials as part of a campaign collusion effort.

Cohen called for an apology in a tweet on June 28 for the allegations made in the dossier. He said the salacious document “misreports 15 allegations about me.”

“I had nothing to do with Russian collusion or meddling!” he wrote.

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