BuzzFeed News really dropped the ball on journalistic integrity, political pundits and those in the journalistic arena are saying, after their latest hit piece turned out to be completely fake.
The report was met with excitement from those on the Left as the evidence they needed to finally get Trump, but as Breitbart reports, the report was completely refuted.
President Trump criticized Buzzfeed for the fake news reporting and his allies were quick to snap back at the report and those on the Left who were promoting it.
BuzzFeed dropped perhaps the biggest bombshell of the Trump administration in a report which claimed Trump instructed his former attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.
From the Western Journal:
“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,” the piece, posted late Thursday night, alleged.
“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 piece claimed Cohen had told the special counsel that Trump had encouraged the lying in order to make it seem like the negotiations on the project in Moscow had ended much earlier than they had in order to help his chances in the election.
“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,” the article alleged.
In the initial report, which was widely circulated, BuzzFeed News reported Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team was made aware of Trump’s alleged instruction—a claim special counsel spokesperson Peter Carr refuted.
Carr went on to say that the entire article was nonsense, a complete nothingburger.
“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,” Carr said, as the Western Journal reports.
BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith tweeted, “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 Mueller investigation reportedly responded to this statement too, the Washington Post reported.