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.”
Venezuela government says thwarted attempted ‘coup’
Venezuela's socialist government said Wednesday it had derailed an attempted coup, claiming the United States, Colombia and Chile colluded in a military plot to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro and install a general and former defense minister in his place.
Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez said the plan involved active and retired army officers and was to have been executed between Sunday and Monday this past weekend.
"We were in all the meetings to plan the coup d'Etat. We were in all the conferences," Rodriguez said, suggesting that government informers had infiltrated the alleged plotters during planning meetings.
Democrats believe Mueller testimony could be tipping point for impeachment: CNN
On Wednesday, CNN congressional correspondent Manu Raju reported that some House Democrats view special counsel Robert Mueller's upcoming public testimony to the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees in July as a potential tipping point that could sway both Democratic leaders and the American people in favor of opening an impeachment probe.
"Democrats who support opening up an impeachment inquiry believe this could bolster the calls to open up formal proceedings, perhaps shift public opinion, perhaps encourage the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to move off of her opposition to opening up an impeachment probe because of what Bob Mueller will say," said Raju.
Ex-FBI chief: Mueller testimony must ‘wake up’ Republicans to the danger in the White House
Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe appeared on MSNBC's "Deadline with Nicolle Wallace" to detail what he thinks will happen in the closed-door testimony from former special counsel Robert Mueller.
In a Wednesday interview, McCabe said he hopes that Mueller will "wake up" Republicans who seem disinterested in acting to protect the United States from electoral intrusion from Russia.