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Lanny Davis
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

What "Revolution" Senator Sanders? A Republican Revolution?

(3) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 12:45 PM

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

(33) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 12:39 PM

*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 | 2:37 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!

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

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 11:21 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 | 10:12 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 | 10:40 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 | 11:40 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 | 7:18 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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Clinton and Bush: A Teaching Moment for America

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 12:38 PM

At about the same time Donald Trump was surging to the top of Republican presidential polls -- after calling illegal immigrants from Mexico rapists and challenging John McCain's heroism because he was shot down and imprisoned -- Time magazine's cover showed former President Bill Clinton, progressive Democrat, and former President...

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Yes on the Iran Deal - by an Eyelash

(5) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 7:03 PM

If there were any realistic alternative to having no nuclear deal with Iran -- an alternative that seemed more likely to prevent or substantially delay Iran's development of a nuclear bomb -- I would oppose the Obama administration's deal without any doubt.

But I'm still yet to be persuaded...

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Why is the Media Picking Sides on Polling?

(2) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 12:14 PM

On June 25, the results of two polls of likely New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary voters were published by their sponsors: CNN-WMUR and Bloomberg/Saint Anselm College. The polls were conducted during the same time period (the prior week), with a similar total sample of Democratic likely voters (about 400) and...

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Have They Lost All Sense of Shame?

(1) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 6:42 PM

PURPLE NATION -- June 24, 2015

On June 9, 1954, Republican Sen. Joe McCarthy of Wisconsin, chairman of a House subcommittee investigating communism in government, was confronted by attorney Joseph Welch during nationally televised hearings. McCarthy had carried on his anti-communism innuendo campaign through congressional investigations...

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Hillary Clinton: Then and Now

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 11:15 AM

As I watched Hillary Clinton deliver her formal announcement speech last Saturday at Roosevelt Island in New York City, I went through kind of a time warp. What year is this?

I remembered the first time I met her: It was in September of 1969, when she...

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Hillary Clinton and the Frenzy of the Media

(2) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 1:07 AM

Mobs of reporters and cameramen and other Big Timers were out there wearing bush jackets with leather straps running this way and that and knocking back their Pepsi-Colas and Nehis and yelling to each other and mainly just milling about, crazy with the excitement of being on the scene, bawling...
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Privacy Protection and Security: We Can Have Both

(1) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 1:42 PM

We are again facing the fallacy of the false choice. Those who are concerned about protecting the privacy rights of Americans (including this writer) should not have to choose between protection of those rights and avoiding another 9/11 terrorist attack.

The National Security Agency went too far when it...

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The Great Purple Issue of Criminal Justice Reform

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 12:39 PM

What do Hillary Clinton, Rand Paul, Cory Booker, Tim Scott, Elijah Cummings, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Van Jones, John Kasich, Bob Goodlatte, Koch Industries and the Tea Party-aligned group FreedomWorks have in common?

They all agree on the need for fundamental reforms to the nation's criminal justice system, with a...

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Even a U.S. Senator is Entitled to Due Process and the Presumption of Innocence

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 12:03 PM

It is a felony for a prosecutor or law enforcement official with knowledge of a grand jury's investigation to disclose to newspapers that an individual is about to be indicted by that grand jury. It is also a fundamental violation of due process. It taints the jury pool. It prejudices...

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The Big Idea of the GOP Field for 2016

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 3:32 PM

So what do the many current and pending Republican presidential candidates have to say to the country about why they should be president in these challenging times at home and abroad?

I must say, there is one thing that impresses me so far: Their remarkable unity about...

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The Scandal Machine -- When Will We Ever Learn?

(2) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 12:53 PM

In 1999, I published a book describing my experiences as White House special counsel in dealing mostly with the various campaign finance accusations against the 1996 Clinton presidential campaign during my tenure at the White House, from 1996-1998. I recalled all the bogus controversies revved up by Republican congressional committees...

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An Earlier Start for the Presidential Race? Really?

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 4:37 PM

Many political pundits and Republicans are hyperventilating about the news that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may actually wait a while longer before making up her mind whether to run for president of the United States.

How could she delay? How dare she? If you do a web...

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