Mueller States BuzzFeed Report That Trump Told Cohen To Lie To Congress FALSE
The mainstream media, as well as millions of liberals who were salivating for a Trump impeachment have ostrich egg all over their faces as Mueller debunks the BuzzFeed story saying Trump told Cohen to lie to congress.
The BuzzFeed report claimed President Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie about the timing of discussions over a proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office on Friday issued an extraordinary statement disputing that report:
“BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate,” Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller’s office, said.
I commend Bob Mueller’s office for correcting the BuzzFeed false story that Pres. Trump encouraged Cohen to lie. I ask the press to take heed that their hysterical desire to destroy this President has gone too far. They pursued this without critical analysis all day. #FAKENEWS
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) January 19, 2019
Fox News reports:
The statement is remarkable in that Mueller’s team rarely issues statements in response to news stories. But BuzzFeed’s story sparked immense interest from Democrats, who called for renewed investigations and even suggested the allegations could be a basis for impeachment proceedings.
Buzzfeed’s Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith tweeted after the release of the statement Friday: “In response to the statement tonight from the Special Counsel’s spokesman: We stand by our reporting and the sources who informed it, and we urge the Special Counsel to make clear what he’s disputing.”
In a story published Thursday, BuzzFeed cited two unnamed federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation on the matter who said Cohen acknowledged to Mueller’s office that he was instructed by Trump in 2017 to lie to Congress about the now-abandoned real estate deal to build a Trump Tower in Russia.
The report said Mueller’s office first learned of the directive from interviews with witnesses from the Trump Organization and internal company email, text messages and documents.
The report, which was not been confirmed by Fox News, was immediately dismissed by President Trump’s legal team.
“Any suggestion – from any source – that the president counseled Michael Cohen to lie is categorically false. Michael Cohen is a convicted criminal and a liar,” Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said. “… Today’s claims are just more made-up lies born of Michael Cohen’s malice and desperation. They are an effort to reduce his sentence.”
The media, all of them, from CNN and MSNBC….
From NBC, CBS and ABC, to the local news affiliates covered the BuzzFeed report like gangbusters.
It did not matter that the whole report was based on 2 unnamed sources and connected a lot of un-connectable dots. They really thought they had the smoking gun.
What is really sad is that the left, and the NeverTrumpers, are salivating for an impeachment.
Not one person who loves this country should be hoping that it has to be put through an impeachment. It would be HORRIFICALLY BAD for the country. It would tear us apart!!!
How you could get so excited for something so awful is beyond me.
I never liked the direction Obama took this country. I would have not liked the way Hillary would have taken this country. It would have NEVER been my want to to go through an impeachment. I didn’t want to go through the Clinton impeachment!
It is BAD for this country. Anyone wishing for such is not thinking clearly.
I am not always happy with the President. I’ve never liked his embellishments. I don’t like his character sometimes…