Special counsel Robert Mueller issued an unusual statement saying a story asserting that President Trump told lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress was “not accurate.” BuzzFeed stands by the story, Trump calls it “a very sad day for journalism.”
Special counsel Robert Mueller denied an explosive report by BuzzFeed News that his investigators had evidence showing President Trump directed former lawyer Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress about a prospective business deal in Moscow, the Washington Post reports. “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,” said Mueller spokesman Peter Carr. The special counsel’s office speaks and the statement seemed to dismiss the sensational allegation that Democrats had suggested could spell the end of the Trump presidency. No other media organizations were able to verify the story.
The story attributed to two federal law enforcement officials an incendiary assertion that Mueller had collected emails, texts and testimony indicating Trump had directed Cohen to lie to Congress about the extent of discussions about a proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow. That project never came to pass, and Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about it. The special counsel’s office seemed to be disputing every aspect of the story involving its investigators. Trump criticized BuzzFeed, tweeting, “A very sad day for journalism, but a great day for our country!”BuzzFeed insisted its story was correct. Editor Ben Smith said, “We stand by our reporting and the sources who informed it, and we urge the Special Counsel to make clear what he’s disputing.”