White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley made his disdain for BuzzFeed and Michael Cohen clear on Friday, criticizing the news outlet’s bombshell report that President Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow project.
“This is absolutely ludicrous that we are giving any type of credence or credibility to a ‘news outlet’ like BuzzFeed,” Gidley told Fox News. “They are responsible completely and totally for the release of a discredited, proven false dossier.”
Gidley criticized the sourcing of the article, which cited “two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter.”
“You’re saying the president did not tell Michael Cohen to do that?” Fox News’ Bill Hemmer asked.
“I’m telling you right now this is exactly why the President refuses to give any credence or credibility to news outlets, because they have no ability to corroborate anything they’re putting out there,” Gidley responded. “Instead they are just using innuendo, shady sources.”
“That was not a denial of my question,” Hemmer said.
“No, but the premise is ridiculous,” Gidley said. “We’re also talking about a person in Michael Cohen, who quite frankly has now been proven to be a liar. He self-admits that he’s a felon. So to give him any credibility, it just doesn’t warrant any response from the White House or this President.”
Watch the exchange:
White House spokesman trashes BuzzFeed, Cohen but doesn't flat-out deny bombshell report pic.twitter.com/a42Zqd7hqg
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