Earlier this week Buzzfeed News, the outlet that published the salacious and false “Russia dossier,” ran with a story based on anonymous sources that President Donald Trump instructed his former personal attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.
Specifically, Buzzfeed reported:
President Donald Trump directed his longtime attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, according to two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter.
Trump also supported a plan, set up by Cohen, to visit Russia during the presidential campaign, in order to personally meet President Vladimir Putin and jump-start the tower negotiations. “Make it happen,” the sources said Trump told Cohen.
The special counsel’s office learned about Trump’s directive for Cohen to lie to Congress through interviews with multiple witnesses from the Trump Organization and internal company emails, text messages, and a cache of other documents. Cohen then acknowledged those instructions during his interviews with that office.
These key details in the story, which was written by Anthony Cormier and Jason Leopold, have not only been vehemently denied by the White House, they’ve been questioned by other news outlets and political pundits alike who note that the claims don’t stand up to scrutiny.
As Matt Palumbo at Bongino.com points out:
- All sources are anonymous – and that which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence. There are no documents provided either, we’re simply relying on two anonymous “federal law enforcement officials.”
- Trump allegedly asked Cohen to lie for him after Cohen had publicly turned on Trump. How would that make any sense?
- Trump’s Trump Tower project in Russia never materialized, and conducting business in Russia is not a crime.
- Michael Cohen claims to have lied for Trump in the past out of “blind loyalty,” not because he was directed to lie. Given Cohen’s indictments, if Trump actually did direct him to lie, it would be in his best interest to say as much.
But that’s not all. Now even special counsel Robert Mueller’s office is denying these key aspects, which Buzzfeed News was forced to tweet out Friday night:
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) January 19, 2019
“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,” Mueller’s office announced.
Cohen, who is scheduled to report to prison in March after being convicted on several counts of financial crimes, is set to provide testimony to the House next month at the invitation of Democrats who are still looking for ways to forward the unproven and increasingly suspect narrative that the president’s 2016 campaign “colluded” with Russia to “steal” the election from Hillary Clinton.
Buzzfeed, it seems, has been duped again — first by the dossier and now this. You just have to wonder how much longer readers will take the site seriously after being so wrong so often about this ‘Russia’ thing.
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