In Rare Move, Mueller’s Office Issues Statement Contradicting Explosive Cohen Report
On Friday, special counsel Robert Mueller’s office issued a rare statement Friday disputing a report from BuzzFeed News that President Trump had told his former lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.
“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,” special counsel spokesman Peter Carr said in a statement to BuzzFeed released on Friday night.
Mueller’s office rarely comments on stories related to the special counsel’s investigation into potential collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.
In the BuzzFeed report published Thursday night, the outlet said that federal investigators have evidence that Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about the timing of negotiations over a potential Trump Tower in Moscow.
The story cited “two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter.”
Trump responded by accusing his former longtime attorney of lying in order to reduce his prison time.
BuzzFeed had released a statement earlier Friday defending the reporters behind the story and saying that it “stands by this story 100%.”
For his part, Cohen adviser Lanny Davis refused to confirm or deny the report during an interview with MSNBC on Friday afternoon.
Carr did not immediately respond to a Political Dig’s request for additional comment.