WATCH: Maddow Lays Out What Mueller’s Response to BuzzFeed Could Mean For Russia Investigation


After the rare statement from Robert Mueller’s team in response to BuzzFeed News’s botched report last night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow took a look back at the few other times the special counsel has publicly discussed the investigation to explain what their most recent comments could mean.

Mueller’s spokesman Peter Carr released a statement last night calling BuzzFeed’s story on Trump allegedly instructing Michael Cohen to lie to Congress “not accurate,” one of only three public statements from the special counsel, according to Maddow.

“I have on the air previously expressed envy and jealousy for Peter Carr because that seems like a great job if you’re a spokesman for the special counsel’s office,” Maddow observed. “Your job is to never say anything, right? The special counsel’s office almost never makes public comments.”

She continued by detailing the other public comments from the special counsel’s office.

One of which involves a fringe right-wing plot to smear Mueller as a sexual harasser, to which Carr responded by saying they “immediately referred the matter to the FBI.” Another statement from Carr was released to announce that Mueller’s investigation is coming to a close; they have also confirmed parts of it “will be public.”

In a statement similar to their BuzzFeed response, the special counsel came out in the spring of last year after McClatchy reported that the probe discovered Cohen was in Prague during the 2016 election.

“What I have been telling all reporters is that many stories about our investigation have been inaccurate. Be very cautious about any source that claims to have knowledge about our investigation and dig deep into what they claim before reporting on it. If another outlet reports something, don’t run with it unless you have your own sourcing to back it up.”

As for the statement to Buzzfeed, Maddow explained that, like Carr’s warning to McClatchy, it did not “directly [dispute] the story but [gave] a sort of general warning that there had been inaccuracies out there and every journalist should be careful about their sources.”

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