BuzzFeed Responds To Mueller Statement: ‘We Stand By Our Reporting’

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: BuzzFeed News Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith talks with colleagues in the newsroom at BuzzFeed headquarters, December 11, 2018 in New York City. BuzzFeed is an American internet media and news ... NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: BuzzFeed News Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith talks with colleagues in the newsroom at BuzzFeed headquarters, December 11, 2018 in New York City. BuzzFeed is an American internet media and news company that was founded in 2006. According to a recent report in The New York Times, the company expects to surpass 300 million dollars in earnings for the 2018 fiscal year. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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January 19, 2019 9:50 a.m.

BuzzFeed Editor-In-Chief Ben Smith (pictured above) said Friday night that the publication stood “by our reporting” that President Donald Trump had directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

Nearly a day after that report was published, Mueller spokesperson Peter Carr released a rare statement disputing it.

Smith tweeted Friday night: “We stand by our reporting and the sources who informed it, and we urge the Special Counsel to make clear what he’s disputing.”

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Smith spoke in similar terms during an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.

The website released another statement later Saturday, to Jon Levine of The Wrap:

Carr had said in response to the BuzzFeed News report that its “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.”

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