BREAKING: Inside the Mueller team’s decision to dispute BuzzFeed’s explosive story on Trump and Cohen

BY TEAM DML / JANUARY 19, 2019 /

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When a BuzzFeed reporter first sought comment on the news outlet’s explosive report that President Trump had directed his lawyer to lie to Congress, the spokesman for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III treated the request as he would almost any other story.

The reporter informed Mueller’s spokesman, Peter Carr, that he and a colleague had “a story coming stating that Michael Cohen was directed by President Trump himself to lie to Congress about his negotiations related to the Trump Moscow project,” according to copies of their emails provided by a BuzzFeed spokesman. Importantly, the reporter made no reference to the special counsel’s office specifically or evidence that Mueller’s investigators had uncovered.

The article goes on to state the following:

“We’ll decline to comment,” Carr responded, a familiar refrain for those in the media who cover Mueller’s work.

The innocuous exchange belied the chaos it would produce. When BuzzFeed published the story hours later, it far exceeded Carr’s initial impression, people familiar with the matter said, in that the reporting alleged that Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer and self-described fixer, “told the special counsel that after the election, the president personally instructed him to lie,” and that Mueller’s office learned of the directive “through interviews with multiple witnesses from the Trump Organization and internal company emails, text messages, and a cache of other documents.”

The Washington Post further reported that when Mueller’s team read the story after it was published, they started discussing how to do something they’d never done before – publicly dispute the report, based on evidence of their own investigation, according to two people who spoke with the Post anonymously.

Carr reportedly stated that he would have gone to greater lengths to stop the BuzzFeed reporters from publishing the story “had he known it would allege Cohen had told the special counsel Trump directed him to lie — or that the special counsel was said to have learned this through interviews with Trump Organization witnesses, as well as internal company emails and text messages.”

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2 Comments

  1. Sally January 19th, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    A very knowledgeable person said on television last night that the only reason Mueller did this was because Barr should be confirmed in a short time & he would sit down with Mueller to discuss the SC & probably would be asked if they ever had found fake news so to speak & if they did anything about it & if they would have said yes they found some & did nothing about it he would have been shown the door.

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    • Richard January 20th, 2019 at 11:02 am

      Is there such a thing as a knowledgeable person in the media? Most have a writing staff that sits around and comes up with more novel ways to criticize Trump. Then they distribute the main talking points among the rest of the media. If you look at all the media talking heads, their narratives are basically the same.

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