BuzzFeed News has responded—again—to accusations that their report on President Trump personally instructing his former attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress is false.
In an initial report, BuzzFeed News cited two unidentified law enforcement officials in the initial report and did not provide any other evidence outside of their testimonies.
Now the two sources have told BuzzFeed News that Cohen also told the special counsel that after the election, the president personally instructed him to lie — by claiming that negotiations ended months earlier than they actually did — in order to obscure Trump’s involvement.
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.
Shortly after the report’s release, it broke mainstream media headlines and some people on the Left thought it was enough to charge Trump with obstruction of justice.
“But, it turns out, this is entirely fake news and inaccurate,” Breitbart News reported. “In response to the story, nearly a full day later, Mueller spokesman Peter Carr issued a rare statement rebuking BuzzFeed report as false.”
Spokesperson Peter Carr said, “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.”
As the Washington Examiner reports, BuzzFeed stood by their reporting.
“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 publication’s Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith said.
The Special Counsel responded again, the Washington Post reported.
Smith, during an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, said his publication was still standing by their reporting despite the complete dismissal.
“We’re not playing any games with that characterization,” Smith told Cooper, as the Washington Examiner reports. “We’re really confident in these specific sources and in the story the reporters told.”