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BY: David Rutz
A spokesman for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office is disputing an explosive BuzzFeed News report that President Donald Trump directed his longtime attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.
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BuzzFeed reported Trump had told Cohen to lie under oath about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, which would be a felony. It also reported Trump had told Cohen to make plans for him to visit Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Citing "two sources" involved in the law enforcement investigation of the matter, it reported Cohen told Mueller that Trump instructed him to lie to say negotiations over the building ended months before they did, and it said Mueller's office learned of it 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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Spokesman for Mueller's office Peter Carr said in a statement the report was "not accurate."
"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," he said.
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The special counsel investigation began in 2017, and it has been highly rare for Mueller's office to issue public statements about the huge volume of reporting on it.
The report, which BuzzFeed posted late Thursday night, set off a firestorm, with multiple Democrats saying...
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