In a rare statement from the special counsel’s office, Robert Mueller denied a BuzzFeed report that alleged Donald Trump told attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.
“President Donald Trump directed his longtime attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, according to two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter,” the piece, posted late Thursday night, alleged.
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“Trump also supported a plan, set up by Cohen, to visit Russia during the presidential campaign, in order to personally meet President Vladimir Putin and jump-start the tower negotiations. ‘Make it happen,’ the sources said Trump told Cohen.”
The piece claimed Cohen had told the special counsel that Trump had encouraged the lying in order to make it seem like the negotiations on the project in Moscow had ended much earlier than they had in order to help his chances in the election.
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“The special counsel’s office learned about Trump’s directive for Cohen to lie to Congress through interviews with multiple witnesses from the Trump Organization and internal company emails, text messages, and a cache of other documents,” the article alleged.
“Cohen then acknowledged those instructions during his interviews with that office.”
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That office, unfortunately, didn’t quite sign off on the version of events described by BuzzFeed reporters Jason Leopold and Anthony Cormier.
“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,” a statement from Peter Carr, Mueller’s spokesman, read.
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Any statement from the special counsel’s office is an unusual occurrence indeed, although one assumes part of the reason behind it was the fact that the BuzzFeed report had been chum in the congressional impeachment waters.
CNN reported that “following the story’s publication late Thursday night, Democratic...
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