In recent days, a bombshell BuzzFeed report sparked a national controversy between Democrats and Republicans. The BuzzFeed article claimed that U.S. President Donald Trump previously instructed Michael Cohen to lie about a Trump Tower project that took place in Russia, according to Fox News.
Specific sources to support the claim were not provided to the readers. However, the article was deemed controversial because if it were true, Trump's actions were considered possible grounds for impeachment.
The office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is heading the investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, released a rare statement in response to BuzzFeed’s claims. Several media outlets noted that Mueller rarely gets involved with the media’s stories, so the comment from Mueller’s team was truly “remarkable.”
“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,” a spokesperson replied on Friday, January 18th.
BuzzFeed’s Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith responded to the statement released by Mueller’s office. Smith defended the initial story in an attempt to save his outlet’s credibility.
“We stand by our reporting and the sources who informed it, and we urge the Special Counsel to make clear what he's disputing,” Smith stated.
However, Smith’s statement sparked even more confusion from the public. A number of memes targeting BuzzFeed’s credibility quickly circulated social media, especially since this is not the first time BuzzFeed's credibility has been questioned.
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