Donald Trump: BuzzFeed Reports Trump Told Cohen To Lie To Congress


"If this story is true, it's going to lead to the impeachment of a sitting President of the United States", he said.

Tucker Carlson reacted Friday moments after Robert Mueller, through a spokesman, denied the veracity of a potentially damning Buzzfeed report about President Trump and his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen. The outlet published a report citing multiple anonymous sources claiming special counsel Mueller had cell phone data to corroborate the Steele Dossier claim that Cohen was near Prague in the summer of 2016.

While half of Congress took to Twitter to wave the story as the long-awaited proof of Collusion, the BuzzFeed reporters could not seem to agree on their own sourcing.

The special counsel didn't exactly specify which part of the BuzzFeed story it disputed, which triggered a response from the news site itself.

Michael Cohen was reportedly told to lie to Congress but a spokesman for special counsel Robert Mueller says its "not accurate".

Buzzfeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith stood by the report when asked by CNN's Anderson Cooper Friday evening whether he believed it was still credible given Mueller's statement.

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.

Immediately after the special counsel's statement was issued, Trump retweeted several posts that called the story fake news.

Giuliani later tweeted on Friday, "I commend Bob Mueller's office for correcting the BuzzFeed false story that Pres. Trump encouraged Cohen to lie".

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"They are investigative reporters", the former White House counsel said. His adviser, Lanny Davis, also declined to comment to Reuters, and his lawyer, Guy Petrillo, did not respond to a request for comment.

Cohen, who has been sentenced to three years in jail, said Trump ordered him to make the payments, and now says he regrets his work for the president.

"I'm not going to give any credence or credibility to Michael Cohen", he said.

The potential consequences of the report were so severe - immediate congressional investigations and a possible legal showdown with the White House - that Mueller made a decision to take the surprising step of publicly denying his investigation had gathered any such evidence.

"I think that the president's outside counsel addressed this best and said in a statement earlier today that it's categorically false", she said.

Calling the allegations a "counterintelligence concern of the greatest magnitude", Schiff said his committee had already been working to secure witness testimony and documents related to the Moscow Trump Tower deal.

The White House and the President's personal lawyers pushed back on the story throughout the day Friday.

"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 Russian Federation is among the most serious to date", Democratic congressman Adam Schiff, the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, wrote on Twitter. "But Cohen's testimony marks a significant new frontier: It is the first known example of Trump explicitly telling a subordinate to lie directly about his own dealings with Russian Federation".