Buzzfeed News Struggles With Credibility After Disputed Report

Buzzfeed News Struggles With Credibility After Disputed Report

Buzzfeed News Struggles With Credibility After Disputed Report

Instead, Cohen said they actually continued until that June, after Trump had clinched the Republican nomination.

"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", Mueller spokesman Peter Carr said in a statement late Friday. "So what if he talked to him about it?" "And I think it's remarkable that we're two years after the fact and just discovering it today".

Over the weekend Giuliani appeared on multiple cable news shows to declare "so what?" if Trump had spoken with Cohen before testifying. This is a familiar defense from Giuliani (i.e.it didn't happen, but if it did it's not a crime).

Trump officials had initially described the project as the province of Cohen and simply in the discussion phase.

"The fact of the investigation has nearly insulated Trump because we're all waiting for that final report, the package that's going to tie all these dots together, as opposed to, as you say, reacting to stunning revelations one by one that should be president-ending, term-ending". Giuliani's statement that discussions for the Moscow project continued through November 2016 is Version 4.

The real danger with a BuzzFeed News report claiming President Donald Trump instructed his former attorney Michael Cohen to lie during his testimony to Congress was with what the rest of the media did in response to it, George Washington University legal expert Jonathan Turley said Monday.

The comments come as the White House is denying a BuzzFeed story published on January 17 that said Trump had instructed Cohen to lie about the timing of the proposed Russian Federation deal.

Giuliani responded that Trump "answered those questions fully, and I think to the satisfaction of the special counsel".

Speaking about this foul-up, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said, "The larger message that a lot of people are going to take from this story is that the news media are a bunch of leftist liars who are dying to get the president and that they're willing to lie to do it".

On Thursday, he issued a statement aimed at clarifying a TV interview from the night before in which he appeared to leave open the possibility of collusion between Russian Federation and members of Trump's presidential campaign.

But in an emailed statement on Monday Giuliani changed his story, saying: "My comments did not represent the actual timing or circumstances of any such discussions".

"According to the answer that he gave, it would have covered all the way up to November of - covered all the way up to November 2016", Giuliani told ABC. "Can't be sure of the exact date, but the president can remember having conversations with him about it". So anytime during that period they could've talked about it.

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