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Lanny J. Davis counsels individuals, corporations and government contractors, and those under congressional scrutiny, on crisis management and legal issues by developing legal, media and legislative strategies that are designed to best produce a successful result for the client. He has experience in securities fraud and SEC investigations as well, and has found that utilizing such an integrated legal/media/lobbying approach can lead to quicker and less expensive settlements or even successfully litigated outcomes. Senior officials of public companies have also hired Lanny and his crisis group to defend themselves successfully against "short and distort" attacks and other market manipulations. For 25 years prior to 1996, before his tenure as special counsel to President Clinton, Lanny was a commercial, antitrust, government contracts and False Claims Act litigator (both in defense as well as plaintiff). He has argued numerous appellate cases in the U.S. courts of appeals.

In June 2005, President Bush appointed Lanny to serve on the five-member Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, created by the U.S. Congress as part of the 2005 Intelligence Reform Act. In that capacity, he received the highest level security clearances so that he could be fully briefed and "read in" to the various anti-terrorist surveillance and financial tracking programs at the highest classified level. From 1996 to 1998, Lanny served as special counsel to the president in the White House and was a spokesperson for the president and the White House on matters concerning campaign finance investigations and other legal issues. Lanny has participated in national, state and local politics for almost 30 years. He has served three terms (1980 to 1992) on the Democratic National Committee representing the state of Maryland, and during that period he served on the DNC Executive Committee and as chairman of the Eastern Region Caucus. In Montgomery County, Maryland, he served as chairman of the Washington Suburban Transit Commission.

Lanny has authored several books and lectured throughout the United States and Europe on various political issues. Between 1990 and 1996, Lanny was a bimonthly commentator on Maryland politics for WAMU-88.5/FM, a Washington, D.C. local affiliate of National Public Radio. He has been a regular television commentator and has been a political and legal analyst for MSNBC, CNN, Fox Cable, CNBC and network TV news programs. He has published numerous op-ed/analysis pieces in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and other national publications.

Lanny graduated from Yale Law School, where he won the prestigious Thurman Arnold Moot Court prize and served on the Yale Law Journal. A graduate of Yale University, Lanny served as chairman of the Yale Daily News.

Lanny is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Connecticut and before the Supreme Court of the United States and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Entries by Lanny Davis

"Extreme Carelessness" Not Supported By The Undisputed Facts

(60) Comments | Posted July 15, 2016 | 4:05 PM

This post previously appeared in The Hill

Hillary Clinton has acknowledged, with the wisdom of hindsight, that she made a mistake in using one device for sending personal and business emails rather than using two when she was secretary of State, and in sending all of her emails...

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The Clinton - Lynch Conversation: All Innuendo, No Facts

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2016 | 4:00 PM

Purple Nation

July 1, 2016

The Clinton - Lynch Conversation: All Innuendo, No Facts

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2016/07/01/the_clinton-lynch_conversation_--_all_innuendo_no_facts_131082.html

Here we go again.

The U.S. attorney general, Loretta Lynch, on Friday stated flat out, without qualification, that she would accept the recommendations...

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The Other 2016 Election -- and why the U.S. Should Care

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2016 | 4:38 PM

Purple Nation

June 23, 2016

The Other 2016 Election -- and why the U.S. Should Care
by Lanny Davis

http://thehill.com/opinion/lanny-davis/284524-davis-the-other-2016-election-and-why-the-us-should-care

While we in Washington are fixated on the upcoming presidential election, another critical election has just begun: the race for the United Nations secretary-general.

Given that the U.S. is...

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Where's Paul Ryan's "Declaration of Conscience" On Trump?

(6) Comments | Posted June 17, 2016 | 3:56 PM

Purple Nation

June 16, 2016

Where's Paul Ryan's "Declaration of Conscience" on Trump?
by Lanny Davis

Throughout American history, there are pivotal moments where a leader of one of the two major parties rises up to put conscience and moral principles over party loyalty.

One such moment...

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The E-Mail Issue - 5 Undisputed Facts

(9) Comments | Posted June 1, 2016 | 11:33 AM

Purple Nation
May 31, 2016

With all the hours of punditry and tens of thousands of words written about Hillary Clinton's emails by the political press corps, it is amazing that the whole episode can be boiled down to five undisputed facts.

First, the former secretary of...

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Has Trump Been Caught in Another Lie?

(1) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 2:17 PM

Why hasn't the national press and every cable show interviewer asked Donald Trump the following question: "What happened to the $6 million you claimed to have raised for veterans instead of debating your fellow Republicans?"

Can I ask everyone reading this column to call any reporter covering the presidential campaign...

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Two Cheers for Bernie Sanders (Not Three Yet...)

(4) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 5:30 PM

Bernie Sanders has earned two cheers for the presidential campaign he has run. But the third one isn't there yet.

I am hoping that the question is when, not whether, he will earn that third cheer, by focusing on the issues as he promised he would and not saying anything...

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Sanders and Trump are Wrong: The System Isn't Rigged

(7) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 12:01 AM

Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have at least one thing in common.

Trump reacted to his losses to GOP primary rival Ted Cruz in Colorado and Wyoming by saying: "I'm not a fan of Bernie Sanders, but it's a rigged system. The Republican system is a rigged system."

And on...

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The Bernie Sanders Double Standard

(5) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 12:45 AM

This article was originally published on The Hill

Last week, Bernie Sanders decided to focus his message ahead of New York's upcoming primary on the assertion that Hillary Clinton was not qualified to be president.

Eight years as First Lady and an active participant...

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Democrats: Don't Stoop to Trump's Level

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2016 | 5:57 PM

This post previously appeared in The Hill.

When I read about the Chicago protesters last week cheering after Donald Trump canceled his campaign rally as a result of their efforts, I knew a lot of anti-Trump Democrats were also happy. But my first reaction? "Ouch."

As these protests...

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The Clinton-Sanders New Majority Coalition

(1) Comments | Posted March 10, 2016 | 9:32 AM

This post previously appeared in The Hill.

After Sen. Bernie Sanders's (I-Vt.) narrow victory in Michigan Tuesday, preceded by vigorous debates and competition, it might appear that Sanders and Hillary Clinton are about to begin a more divisive campaign for the presidency in the coming months.

I beg...

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Life with My 10 Year-Old Son, Jeremy

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2016 | 4:16 PM

Seven years ago, I wrote a column about my son Joshua, "Life with my 10-year-old son." I wrote about several "purple moments" bridging the generation gap between me and Josh, from sharing a WWE match to Josh helping me find on YouTube Willie Mays's famous over-the-shoulder catch during the first...

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What "Revolution" Senator Sanders? A Republican Revolution?

(3) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 11:45 AM

This article was originally published on The Hill and Daily Caller.

I write this column February 9th on the morning of the New Hampshire primary. I expect Senator Bernie Sanders to win the primary - probably by a substantial double digit margin. Anything less would upset...

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Thank You, Mr. Trump -- Keep Attacking the Clintons

(32) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 11:39 AM

*This post previously appeared in The Hill.

So I can just imagine Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's inner voice giving him advice in his usual fact-free zone -- the same voice that told him he "watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people...

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The Right Way and the Wrong Way to Defeat ISIS

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 1:37 PM

Purple Nation

November 24, 2015

SEXTUS: You can break a man's skull. You can arrest him. You can throw him into a dungeon. But how do you fight an idea?
MESALA: Sextus, you ask how to fight an idea. Well, I'll tell you how...with another idea!
--From...

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Finding the Balance Between Privacy and Security in the Age of ISIS

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 10:21 AM

Purple Nation

November 19, 2015

Finding the Balance Between Privacy and Security in the Age of ISIS
by Lanny Davis

With the murderous and frightful terrorist attacks in Paris just last week, once again we are reminded of the need for law enforcement and our international intelligence...

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Voters Deserve Real Debates, Not 'Gotcha' Questions

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 9:12 AM

A unique moment for this writer: I agree with the Republican presidential candidates.

At least, I agree with their complaints about most of the questions that the moderators of the primary debates seem obsessed with, too often concerned about a political "gotcha" moment rather than asking about issues and solutions...

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Three Benghazi Questions Republicans Should Ask Clinton -- And Why They Probably Won't

(33) Comments | Posted October 22, 2015 | 9:40 AM

*This column previously appeared in The Hill.

South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy's Special Committee on Benghazi has been now thoroughly outed -- not by Democrats but by his fellow Republicans.

First House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) bragged that Gowdy's...

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The Real Winner in Las Vegas Tuesday Night Was the Democratic Party -- in Stark Contrast to the GOP

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2015 | 10:40 AM

There are a lot of ways to contrast the Democratic debate with the Republican debates, but one thing I believe would get agreement across the spectrum - voters Red States and Blue States, liberals and conservatives: Democrats avoided personal attacks and insults and debated the issues; Republicans have spent much...

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The Curtain's Been Pulled on Gowdy's Partisan Sham...

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 6:18 PM

Purple Nation

October 8, 2015

The Curtain's Been Pulled on Gowdy's Partisan Sham...
by Lanny Davis

We all remember the scene in the classic 1939 movie "The Wizard of Oz" where the little dog Toto goes to a curtain and pulls it back, revealing not the great and mighty...

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