Trump's lieutenants had already strongly pushed back against the report, which said that the president ordered Michael Cohen to lie about a Russian skyscraper project they pursued during the 2016 election. "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," spokesman Peter Carr said in a statement.
“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,” Peter Carr, a Mueller spokesman, said Friday night in a statement. The BuzzFeed report, published Thursday night, set off criticism of Trump from congressional Democrats -- although most took care to say that the allegations were disturbing if true.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sought to assure opponents of abortion rights on Friday that he stands with them and would veto any legislation from a Democratic-controlled House that "weakens the protection of human life."
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to broker a deal to coax the North to give up its nuclear weapons, the White House announced Friday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller's office on Friday issued a rare public statement disputing the accuracy of BuzzFeed News' report that said President Donald Trump's former attorney told Mueller that the president directed him to lie to Congress.
BuzzFeed News reported late on Thursday that Michael Cohen, Trump's former lawyer who is slated to go to prison for lying to Congress and other crimes, told investigators working for Mueller that Trump had instructed him to lie about efforts to build a skyscraper in Moscow while he was running for president. "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," Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, said in the special counsel's first comment on a media report since its probe started 20 months ago. While Carr did not directly address whether there was evidence that Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress, he disputed portions of the story about how BuzzFeed corroborated the explosive allegations against Trump.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a disputed report that President Donald Trump directed his personal attorney to lie to Congress (all times local):
Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday took the unusual step of publicly denying portions of a media report published by Buzzfeed News. The article, posted Thursday night on Buzzfeed, suggests that President Donald Trump directed Michael Cohen, his former personal attorney and fixer, to lie in his testimony to Congress and that special counsel Robert Mueller has evidence to support that claim.
Special counsel Robert Mueller's office disputed a bombshell report from BuzzFeed News on Friday that alleged President Donald Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress
The person would not discuss what Trump plans to offer to the Democrats who now control the U.S. House, beyond saying that it may have something to do with immigration. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders declined to say what would be in the announcement, which Trump planned to make at 3 p.m. in Washington. A Trump tweet late Friday previewing a “major announcement” capped three days of dramatic twists in a clash between the president and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that has become increasingly personal.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he'll be making a "major announcement" on the government shutdown and the southern border on Saturday afternoon as the standstill over his border wall continues into its fifth week.
If the BuzzFeed story reporting that Donald Trump, while president, ordered his lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress is true, it’s more than enough to constitute high crimes and misdemeanors under the Constitution — whether Trump’s campaign “colluded” with Russia or not. It says that Trump knew all about and directed Cohen’s negotiations with Russian intermediaries during the 2016 campaign to try to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. If the story BuzzFeed broke Thursday night is true, we know that Trump wanted very badly to hide the facts of the negotiation, even after the fact.
US Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office issued a statement late on Friday taking issue with a report in Buzzfeed that President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen said Trump told him to lie to Congress. “BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterisation of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate,” Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller office, said in the statement. Immediately after the statement was issued, Trump retweeted a post that said: "Sadly so many will never get the memo that it was fake!" Buzzfeed spokesman Matt Mittenthal said: "We stand by our reporting, and we are working to determine what exactly the Special Counsel is disputing. Stay tuned." Leading Democrats had said earlier Friday that Donald Trump should be impeached if the Buzzfeed claims were proved to be true. The report alleged that Michael Cohen, the president's former longtime lawyer, was instructed to falsify his testimony to Congress on Mr Trump's orders. I told you all that the BuzzFeed story was nonsense. pic.twitter.com/gbTXPjpVtk— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) January 19, 2019 Joaquin Castro, a Democratic congressman from Texas said "President Trump must resign or be impeached" if the report was true. Adam Schiff, the Democratic chair of the powerful House Intelligence Committee, said that such a move would constitute the subornation of perjury and obstruction of justice - both of which are federal crimes. This is significant because such a crime would pave the way for Congress to launch articles of impeachment against the president. The allegation that the President of the United States may have suborned perjury before our committee in an effort to curtail the investigation and cover up his business dealings with Russia is among the most serious to date. We will do what’s necessary to find out if it’s true. https://t.co/GljBAFqOjh— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) January 18, 2019 Democrats have hitherto been reluctant to discuss impeachment, which requires two thirds of the Senate to approve the motion, amid fears it will alienate some voters. However with a majority in the House of Representatives, a number of individuals have pledged to aggressively investigate Mr Trump, his close aides and family members. In his role heading up the committee, Mr Schiff has the power to call witnesses to testify before Congress and the authority to subpoena documents. "It is now alleged that the President of the United States directed Michael Cohen to lie under oath to Congress about these matters in an effort to impede the investigation and to cover up his business dealings with Russia," he said in a statement. "These allegations may prove unfounded, but, if true, they would constitute both the subornation of perjury as well as obstruction of justice." The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Jerrold Nadler, also said directing a subordinate to lie to Congress constituted a federal crime. "The @HouseJudiciary Committee's job is to get to the bottom of it, and we will do that work," the congressman tweeted. The president hit back at the claims on Friday, suggesting Cohen was "lying to reduce his jail time" after pleading guilty to tax crimes, bank fraud and campaign violations. Kevin Corke, @FoxNews “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....” Lying to reduce his jail time! Watch father-in-law!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2019 Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, called the reports "categorically false". In November, Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in 2017 to hide the fact that he was negotiating a deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow on Mr Trump's behalf deep into the 2016 presidential campaign. The lawyer, who once said he would take a bullet for Mr Trump, admitted he discussed the project with the president about far more often than he had previously disclosed. He also said he briefed members of the Trump family on its progress. The charges against Cohen were brought by Robert Mueller, the special counsel heading up the federal investigation into potential Russian collusion and obstruction of justice. This latest report by Buzzfeed News claims Cohen told Mr Mueller that the president personally instructed him to lie about the timing of the project in order to obscure Mr Trump's involvement. According to BuzzFeed Mr Mueller's team discovered that Mr Trump ordered Cohen to lie through interviews with witnesses from the Trump Organisation as well as internal company emails, text messages and other documents - a claim the US Special Counsel's office have now denied. Donald Trump's former lawyer was sentenced to three years in prison last year Credit: Reuters The website said Cohen then confirmed it during his interviews with Mr Mueller's office. The reports have not been independently confirmed but Democratic congressmen have already pledge to investigate them. A spokesman for Cohen, Lanny Davis, declined to comment on the substance of the article, saying that Cohen would not answer questions out of respect for Mr Mueller's ongoing investigation. Cohen is scheduled to testify before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on February 7. Mr Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, scoffed at the report, highlighting that Cohen has already been convicted of lying. "If you believe Cohen I can get you a good all cash deal on the Brooklyn Bridge," he said in a statement. Following Mueller's statement, Giuliani tweeted: I commend Bob Mueller’s office for correcting the BuzzFeed false story that Pres. Trump encouraged Cohen to lie. I ask the press to take heed that their hysterical desire to destroy this President has gone too far. They pursued this without critical analysis all day. #FAKENEWS I commend Bob Mueller’s office for correcting the BuzzFeed false story that Pres. Trump encouraged Cohen to lie. I ask the press to take heed that their hysterical desire to destroy this President has gone too far. They pursued this without critical analysis all day. #FAKENEWS— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) January 19, 2019 It comes days after William Barr, Mr Trump's nominee for attorney general, said at his Senate confirmation hearing that a president or anyone else who directs a witness to lie is illegally obstructing an investigation. Eric Holder, who served as President Barack Obama's attorney general, said: "If true - and proof must be examined - Congress must begin impeachment proceedings and Barr must refer, at a minimum, the relevant portions of material discovered by Mueller. This is a potential inflection point".
Ordering up lies on business with Russia? Maybe this will turn Republicans from Trump acolytes into the national leaders we need as impeachment looms.
President Donald Trump will meet for the second time with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un around the end of February, the White House said Friday, after a top general from Pyongyang paid a rare visit to Washington. Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol, a right-hand man to the North Korean strongman, met the embattled president at the White House for an unusually long 90 minutes as the countries seek a denuclearization accord that could ease decades of hostility.