After Damning Report, 3 Key Words Are in Circulation

'If it's true.' BuzzFeed story about Trump has DC buzzing with the implications
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2019 12:40 PM CST
President Trump speaks on Thursday at the Pentagon.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) BuzzFeed came out on Thursday night with a scoop about the Robert Mueller investigation that has most pundits in agreement on thing: It's very bad news for President Trump, if it's true. The latter point is a crucial one, given that the report is based on two anonymous law enforcement sources. The story's allegation is that Trump instructed former attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress in 2017 about efforts to build a condo tower in Moscow. Democrats are demanding an investigation, and some have begun using the "impeach" word, reports the Washington Post. But conservative critics are going after not only the credibility of Cohen but of BuzzFeed. Details and developments:

  • Trump's reaction: The president didn't directly respond to the report, but a morning tweet took aim at Cohen's credibility. In it, he quoted Fox News' Kevin Corke as saying, "Don't forget, Michael Cohen has already been convicted of perjury and fraud, and as recently as this week, the Wall Street Journal has suggested that he may have stolen tens of thousands of dollars." The president added: "Lying to reduce his jail time!"
  • Not just Cohen: The BuzzFeed report says Mueller isn't relying solely on Cohen's assertion that Trump asked him to lie. Mueller reportedly has emails and texts from the Trump Organization and interviews with multiple witnesses to corroborate.

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