41 Facts About Lanny Davis


In July 2018, Lanny Davis was hired by Michael Cohen, a former personal attorney to Donald Trump, to represent Cohen in his testimony before Congress regarding President Donald Trump.

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Lanny Davis's clients have included Porton Group, National Women's History Museum, National Black Chamber of Commerce, eHealth, Sofitel Hotels, Trent Lott, Gene Upshaw, Dan Snyder, Martha Stewart and the Office of the President at Penn State University.

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Lanny Davis has been a regular television commentator and political and legal analyst for MSNBC, CNN, CNBC and network television news programs.

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Lanny Davis wrote a column called "Purple Nation, " and his writing appeared in publications including Fox News, The Hill, The Huffington Post, and The Daily Caller.

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In 2005, President George W Bush appointed Davis to serve as the only Democratic member of the five-member Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, created by the U S Congress as part of the 2005 Intelligence Reform Act.

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Lanny Davis grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey, in a Jewish family.

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Lanny Davis's father, Mort, was a dentist in Jersey City and his mother worked as the office manager of his father's dental office.

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Lanny Davis attended Newark Academy in Newark, graduating in 1962.

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Lanny Davis served as chairman of the campus newspaper, the Yale Daily News.

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Lanny Davis has four children, and now lives in Potomac, Maryland, with his second wife, Carolyn Atwell-Lanny Davis, who is the legislative affairs director for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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From 1970 to 1972, Davis was National Director of Youth Coalition for Muskie, the youth organization of Edmund S Muskie's unsuccessful campaign for the 1972 Democratic Party Presidential nomination.

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In 1976 Lanny Davis ran for Congress as a Democrat in Maryland's 8th congressional district and lost to Republican Newton Steers.

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Lanny Davis served three terms on the Democratic National Committee representing the State of Maryland.

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In 2005 President Bush appointed Lanny Davis to serve as the only Democrat on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

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Lanny Davis was the treasurer for Joe Lieberman's Reuniting Our Country PAC.

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Lanny Davis started his legal career as an associate at Patton Boggs in 1975 and became a partner in 1978.

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Lanny Davis served as special counsel to the President from 1996 to 1998, during which time he was the spokesman for Clinton in issues regarding campaign finance investigations and other legal issues, including President Clinton's impeachment trial.

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Lanny Davis was a senior advisor and spokesman for the Israel Project.

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In January 2012 Lanny Davis launched a new public affairs firm, Purple Nation Solutions.

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In October 2012 Lanny Davis was the subject of a CBS Sunday Morning segment where he took investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson behind the scenes into the world of lobbying, focusing on his work for eHealthInsurance.

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In October 2013 Lanny Davis began acting as outside legal counsel to the Washington Redskins to help defend the organization's nickname.

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Lanny Davis represented Kathleen Kane and Bo Dietl in his solo practice.

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In July 2018, Lanny Davis was hired by Michael Cohen, a former personal attorney to Donald Trump, to represent him as co-counsel in the Stormy Daniels–Donald Trump scandal.

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Lanny Davis encouraged Cohen to reveal that he and Trump had discussed a payment surrounding a different affair with model Karen McDougal.

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Lanny Davis later revealed that Cohen had secretly recorded the conversation with Trump, and he released a tape of the conversation to CNN, which played it on the air.

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Lanny Davis continued to serve as Cohen's attorney when Cohen came under federal criminal investigation by the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and papers and other materials were seized from Cohen in April 2018 under a subpoena.

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Lanny Davis helped Cohen to negotiate a plea bargain under which he agreed to plead guilty to several charges in return for leniency in sentencing.

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Lanny Davis later added that he believed Cohen would agree to testify before Congress, even without immunity.

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In 2000 Davis lobbied on behalf of Pakistan's government while U S President Bill Clinton was in deliberations over whether to visit the country.

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In July 2009 Lanny Davis represented the Honduran Business Council and testified publicly before the House Western Hemisphere Subcommittee on its behalf.

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Lanny Davis criticized the deportation of former President Manuel Zelaya but supported a reconciliation solution based on principles of the rule of law and due process.

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In 2010 Davis worked with the State Department's West African Bureau and the U S Ambassador to Equatorial Guinea to assist in transitioning to a transparent democracy that protected due process and human rights.

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Ten days in December 2010, Davis represented the Washington, D C Ivory Coast Embassy and Ambassador and worked closely with the State Department's West African Bureau to facilitate a phone call from President Obama to the defeated president of Ivory Coast to try to persuade him to avoid bloodshed and make a peaceful exit from office.

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In 1999, Lanny Davis wrote a memoir about his work in the White House titled Truth to Tell: Tell It Early, Tell It All, Tell It Yourself: Notes from My White House Education.

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Lanny Davis has served as a frequent political commentator on television, radio, and newspapers.

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In 2006, through opinions expressed in The Wall Street Journal and on Fox News, Davis strongly supported longtime friend Joseph Lieberman in his losing bid against Ned Lamont for the Democratic Party nomination for the post of U S Senator from Connecticut.

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Lanny Davis then continued to support Lieberman when he ran and won the General Election as an Independent.

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In 2008, Lanny Davis supported Senator Hillary Clinton in her race for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States, and has appeared on Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC as a surrogate for her.

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In 2008, Davis questioned the United States' response to the conflict between Russia and Georgia and advised present and future U S leaders to consider the point of view of the Russian leaders before unilaterally supporting the government of Georgia in the conflict.

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Currently, Lanny Davis appears weekly on Four radio programs: America's Morning News Radio Show with John McCaslin, WMAL's Mornings on the Mall, Andy Parks Live and KSRO's The Drive with Steve Jaxon.

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Absent that avenue, Lanny Davis became another route to encourage President Gbagbo to leave.

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