BuzzFeed News reported on Thursday night that President Donald Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie about a potential business deal with Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign, however, Robert Mueller’s special counsel’s office disputed that as fake news.
In fact, it’s just the latest in a long line of ‘bombshells’ concerning the so-called Russian collusion that have turned out to be complete and utter lies.
The BuzzFeed report was used to support impeachment proceedings and obstruction of justice charges against the president.
“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,” spokesman Peter Carr said in a statement to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
BuzzFeed is currently standing by the story.
Buzzfeed’s Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith tweeted after the special counsel’s release, “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.”
The president also weighed in on the bombshell.
“Remember it was Buzzfeed that released the totally discredited ‘Dossier,’ paid for by Crooked Hillary Clinton and the Democrats (as opposition research), on which the entire Russian probe is based,” Trump wrote late Friday night.
“A very sad day for journalism, but a great day for our Country!”
In the 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 president’s legal team immediately responded, “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, in an effort to reduce his sentence.”
After the special counsel’s statement yesterday, Giuliani praised Mueller’s team “for correcting the BuzzFeed false story.”
“I ask the press to take heed that their hysterical desire to destroy this President has gone too far,” he wrote in a tweet. “They pursued this without critical analysis all day.”
Earlier Friday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., whose committee is already investigating the president and his ties to Russia, called the allegations in the report “the most serious to date.” However, Schiff was caught lying on his response to Nunes’ memo by testimony made by Bruce Ohr.
“The allegation that the president of the United States may have suborned perjury before our committee in an effort to curtail the investigation and cover up his business dealings with Russia is among the most serious to date,” Schiff said in a statement. “We will do what’s necessary to find out if it’s true.”
Rep. Ted Lieu hinted that impeachment was on its way, “Based on the Buzzfeed report and numerous other articles showing @realDonaldTrump committed Obstruction of Justice and other possible felonies, it is time for the House Judiciary Committee to start holding hearings to establish a record of whether @POTUS committed high crimes,” Lieu tweeted.
Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas also wrote, “If the @BuzzFeed story is true, President Trump must resign or be impeached,” he said.
This seems to be wishful thinking on the part of idiots.
— BuzzFeed PR (@BuzzFeedPR) January 18, 2019