BuzzFeed Reporter Left Out 'Key Detail' in Request for Comment From Mueller
Disputed report on Trump ordering Cohen to 'lie' has even more holes in it
A crucial piece of information was missing from a BuzzFeed News reporter's request or comment from special counsel Robert Mueller's office before the now disputed report on the Trump/Russia probe.
Peter Carr, Mueller's spokesman, refused to give a response to the reporter when he was asked about the story "stating that Michael Cohen was directed by President Trump himself to lie to Congress about his negotiations related to the Trump Moscow project," emails obtained from the Washington Post revealed.
But the report, which stretched even further, claimed that Cohen had told Mueller the president told him to lie and that Mueller's office discovered Trump's orders through a witness from the Trump Organization.
Not long after, Democrats began scrambling for investigations while the media ran headlines of impeachment of the President.
General Eric Holder called for impeachment proceedings to start citing a report from BuzzFeed.
"If true - and proof must be examined - Congress must begin impeachment proceedings,” Holder tweeted Friday.
But all that disappeared following Mueller’s statement late on Friday, disputing claims made in a report by BuzzFeed News.
Despite there being no evidence that Trump told Cohen to lie, BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith said his team stands by its reporting, which many critics say makes the outlet less credible.
Once again, a great big nothing burger.
The office of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein also asked Mueller's team to inquire if there would be a response.
Carr sent BuzzFeed reporter Jason Leopold, the co-authors of the report, a partial transcript of Cohen's plea hearing where he admitted lying to Congress.
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! A very sad day for journalism, but a great day for our Country!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 19, 2019
“I made these misstatements to be consistent with Individual 1’s political messaging and out of loyalty to Individual 1,” Cohen said late last year.
"Individual 1" is widely known to be Trump.
Despite sources telling the Post that Carr hoped this would tip Leopold off on what Cohen left out during his testimony, Leopold didn't seem to catch on.
“I am not reading into what you sent and have interpreted it as an FYI,” Leopold wrote.
Carr replied, saying indeed it was "just an FYI."
Speakon on the disputed report, Trump said it was 'a very sad day for journalism.'
Trump Tweeted the news outlet was also responsible for publishing an unverified dossier which reported on salacious details his alleged links to Russia.
“A great day for our country,” Trump ended the tweet.