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.”
WATCH: Trump flees Bedminster press conference after reporter busts him for lying about veterans
President Donald Trump held his second hastily arranged press conference in two days at his Bedminster Golf Club in New Jersey on Saturday.
Trump began the press conference by falsely claiming credit for the Veterans Choice bill that was signed by President Barack Obama.
CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale has recorded Trump lying about the bill more than 140 times.
But this time, CBS News reporter Paula Reid challenged Trump on his lies.
Trump accuses Democrats of ‘trying to steal an election’ with mail-in voting during the COVID-19 pandemic
President Donald Trump accused Democrats of conspiring to steal an election at a hastily arranged news conference held at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster.
And angry Trump lashed out at Democrats for seeking to allow voting by mail in the November election.
Here's some of what people were saying about Trump's press conference, where he questioned if Democrats love America:
Pelosi blasts Trump as ‘not a well person’ and wonders if GOP is motivated by a ‘manhood thing’: report
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) briefed members of the Democratic Caucus on Saturday about the state of negotiations over the next coronavirus stimulus bill.
Luke Broadwater, a congressional correspondent for The New York Times, posted a thread about the call on Twitter, citing "sources on call."
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) was also on the call, and reportedly blasted White House chief of staff Mark Meadows for the failure to reach a deal.
“Meadows, when John Boehner and Paul Ryan was Speaker, impeded every agreement they tried to make with us on must-pass legislation," Hoyer reported said.