BuzzFeed Stands By Trump-Cohen Report: Special Counsel Should ‘Make Clear What He’s Disputing’
BuzzFeed News is standing by their bombshell report despite pushback from the Special Counsel’s office.
On Friday, in a rare public statement Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s office disputed a report published by Buzzfeed claiming — based on two sources with access to documents — that President Donald Trump had directed 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,” a spokesperson for special counsel Robert Mueller‘s office, Peter Carr, said, according to the update.
Buzzfeed’s Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith responded to the Special Counsel by making it clear they stand by what they wrote and “urge the Special Counsel to make clear what he’s disputing.”
In response to the statement tonight from the Special Counsel's spokesman: We stand by our reporting and the sources who informed it, and we urge the Special Counsel to make clear what he's disputing.
— Ben Smith (@BuzzFeedBen) January 19, 2019
Speaking with CNN, Smith also made it clear that of course he knows who the sources are that provided the information for the report.
“Do I know? Of course, I know,” he replied. “Yes. We have been reporting on the Trump Tower Moscow, which is at the heart of the Russia investigation, for months. We broke the stories about it before it was at the center of the Cohen indictment.”
Anderson Cooper asked, “You know it’s unlikely they would clarify a statement that took them 20 or so hours to come out with. Are you actually expecting them to make another statement?”
“That would be the responsible thing to do,” Smith replied, after noting they are referring to “something” but won’t say what.
Finally, when Cooper further pressed if Smith had any “doubts at this point about the story, about what you have reported? You say you stand by it. Are there specific areas you have doubt about or any doubts?”
Smith said this: “We’re really confident in these specific sources and in the story the reporters told.”
You can watch above, via CNN.
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