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Michael Cohen hires Lanny Davis, former Clinton official, as his new attorney

Michael Cohen has hired a new attorney: Lanny Davis, who served as a legal adviser in Bill Clinton's White House.

Cohen is President Trump's former personal lawyer, under investigation by the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan with potential charges including wire and bank fraud. On Monday, ABC News broadcast an interview with Cohen in which he said he'd "put family and country" ahead of Trump, believed by many to be a major hint that he is getting ready to work with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

"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." Davis is close to Hillary Clinton, and wrote a book earlier this year criticizing former FBI Director James Comey over how he handled the investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.