Mueller’s office releases rare statement vindicating Trump, disputing BuzzFeed’s ‘blockbuster’ report

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office released a statement on Friday evening disputing an earlier blockbuster report from BuzzFeed which claimed that President Trump directed his former attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the timing of a proposed Moscow Trump Tower project.

The statement from Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller’s office, reads:

“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.”

BuzzFeed’s editor-in-chief Ben Smith responded to the statement on Twitter:

Earlier in the day, the Trump administration went after the publication for what they called an outright lie.

“Any suggestion – from any source – that the President counseled Michael Cohen to lie is categorically false.  Michael Cohen is a convicted criminal and a liar,” Rudy Giuliani said. “… Today’s claims are just more made-up lies born of Michael Cohen’s malice and desperation, in an effort to reduce his sentence.”

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