On Friday, special counsel Robert Mueller issued a cryptic statement saying that BuzzFeed’s bombshell report about President Donald Trump directing his former personal attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the timeline of the Trump Tower Moscow project was “not accurate.”
Just after the statement’s release, BuzzFeed News editor Ben Smith appeared on MSNBC with host Chris Hayes to talk about the extremely rare statement from Mueller.
“The special counsel issues this very vague statement—we are eager to know what he’s talking about,” said Smith.
Smith said they stand behind their reporting, which is sourced to two federal law enforcement officials.
Mueller’s team refused to provide this information before the story was published, Smith said.
“We went to them 24 hours ago and they declined to comment, and have been silent on us” said Smith. “Obviously the special counsel prefers to control the timeline and for reasonable reasons wants to operate on his own timeline and without revealing a lot of details but he’s made these statements here and we’d like to know what he’s talking about.”
Failure to immediately impeach Trump ‘puts the republic in grave danger’: constitutional scholar
As a former co-prosecutor in the impeachment of Arizona Governor Evan Mecham, Paul Eckstein always believed that the definition of "high crimes and misdemeanors" is both "less and more than criminal conduct."
"It is less because a crime need not have been committed by the impeached officer," Eckstein writes in recent op-ed for AZCentral. "It is more because to be impeachable, an act of omission must be an 'abuse of some public trust.'"
Lindsey Graham backs up Trump’s widely condemned impeachment tirade: ‘A lynching in every sense’
President Donald Trump's widely condemned comparison of House Democrats' impeachment inquiry to a "lynching" has the support of at least one Republican senator.
As reported by The Hill's Alex Bolton, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Tuesday agreed that with the president's characterization of the House Democrats' efforts to hold him accountable.
"This is a lynching in every sense," Graham said.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) similarly agreed with Graham that House Democrats' efforts to impeach the president amount to a "lynching," as reported by Politico's Burgess Everett.
Donald Trump is mirroring the career path of Vladimir Putin: Scientology doc maker Alex Gibney
According to the director of the "Going Clear," the definitive documentary on Scientology, the rise of both Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin neatly mirror each other in the way that they have propelled themselves into office by using media manipulation as their most potent weapon.
As part of a discussion with the Daily Beast about his latest work, Citizen K, a look at the life of Russian dissident Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Alex Gibney said Putin's career trajectory became a major part of his story -- and he noticed extraordinary parallels with Trump.