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Buzzfeednews.com on Friday evening led with a report on Democrat lawmakers pledging to investigate President Donald Trump over its report claiming the president directed Michael Cohen, his former personal attorney, to make false statements to Congress — hours after the office of special counsel Robert Mueller denied the story’s veracity, describing it as “not accurate.”
The report — “Lawmakers Vow To Investigate Trump After Bombshell Report” — written by BuzzFeed politics reporter Emma Loop — is a roundup of reactions from top Democrats to the news organization’s report, citing two unidentified law enforcement officials alleging the president asked Cohen to lie to lawmakers about a proposal to build a Trump tower in the Russian capital of Moscow.
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BuzzFeed claimed Cohen told Mueller that President Trump personally instructed him to lie about the timing of the project in order to obscure Trump’s involvement. No other news organization was able to confirm the report nearly 24 hours after its publication.
Further, BuzzFeed said Mueller’s investigators learned about President Trump’s directive “through interviews with multiple witnesses from the Trump Organization and internal company emails, text messages, and a cache of other documents.”
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The report says Cohen then acknowledged Trump’s instructions when he was interviewed by the Mueller team. “We are continuing to report and determine what the special counsel is disputing. We remain confident in the accuracy of our report,” Ben Smith, BuzzFeed’s editor-in-chief, said in a statement on the special counsel’s dispute of its reportage.
The screenshot below shows BuzzFeed leading with Loop’s report at 9:38 p.m. EST. The subsequent screenshot shows the report was last updated at 12:10 p.m. EST — hours after the special counsel’s dispute of the report’s underlying claims.
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The report cites pledges by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), who heads of the House’s judiciary panel. In...
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