Last week, Robert Mueller’s office quashed a report by BuzzFeed claiming the president directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress. BuzzFeed, however, stands by the report.
The initial report claimed that Trump directed his then lawyer, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress regarding the status of the negotiations for the Trump Tower in Moscow.
Within hours of its release, Mueller’s office publicly denounced the validity of the report, but BuzzFeed is standing by its reporting.
“We’re being told to stand our ground. Our reporting is going to be borne out to be accurate, and we’re 100% behind it.” — Anthony Cormier, co-author of the explosive BuzzFeed article
Although Cormier still refuses to disclose his sources, who are unnamed, he claims to have received additional confirmation that they are credible, and insists that he is eager to learn which aspects of his reporting have not been corroborated by Mueller’s own findings.
Should his reporting bear out as he promises it will, it would have huge implications for everything that concerns the president, his administration, and his campaign from a legal standpoint.
All along, the one thing that has barely shielded the president from these investigations — aside from the fact sitting presidents cannot be indicted — is his claim that if Cohen did indeed pay these women off, he did so without Trump’s knowledge.
This claim, of course, was already weakened when the president’s replacement attorney, Rudy Giuliani, let spill that the president not only knew about the payments, but even paid Cohen back for his trouble (which, coincidentally, involved leveraging his own home equity line).
If Cormier’s reporting holds out, even the facade of that claim would be shattered.
At this point, however, there’s little else to do but wait for Mueller and his team to give us more insight.