Robert Mueller’s life took a dramatic turn because of what happened on this one day
Special Counsel Robert Mueller may have just struck gold.
His rigged witch hunt flailed about for 18 months.
But in just one night everything may have changed.
Buzzfeed set off a political shockwave across Washington with a bombshell report.
Reporters Jason Leopold and Anthony Cormier reported that special counsel Robert Mueller possessed documentary evidence that Donald Trump ordered Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about when a deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow fell apart.
Now the two sources have told BuzzFeed News that Cohen also told the special counsel that after the election, the president personally instructed him to lie — by claiming that negotiations ended months earlier than they actually did — in order to obscure Trump’s involvement.
The special counsel’s office learned about Trump’s directive for Cohen to lie to Congress through interviews with multiple witnesses from the Trump Organization and internal company emails, text messages, and a cache of other documents. Cohen then acknowledged those instructions during his interviews with that office.
This revelation is not the first evidence to suggest the president may have attempted to obstruct the FBI and special counsel investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
But Cohen’s testimony marks a significant new frontier: It is the first known example of Trump explicitly telling a subordinate to lie directly about his own dealings with Russia.
There are several red flags with this story.
First, the reporter Jason Leopold has been found to report fake news in the past.
Second, no other media outlet has been able to confirm this reporting.
Finally, when Michael Cohen pled guilty to lying to Congress, he said he did so out of blind loyalty and not because he was ordered to do so by Trump.
This story has the potential to fizzle out like so many other supposed Trump “bombshells.”