MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow noted that although special counsel Robert Mueller’s rare public statement denying BuzzFeed’s reporting is shocking, it’s not the first time his office has done so.
Earlier in the evening, Mueller’s office said BuzzFeed News’ report about former Trump attorney Michael Cohen being ordered by the president to lie to Congress was “not accurate.”
“I have on the air previously expressed envy and jealousy for [Mueller spokesperson] Peter Carr because that seems like a great job if you’re a spokesman for the special counsel’s office,” the host said. “Your job is to never say anything, right? The special counsel’s office almost never makes public comments.”
Maddow said that when her team researched how many times the Mueller office has gone on record, they were only able to find three such instances.
In one instance, Carr refuted claims that Mueller was involved in a sexual misconduct scandal. In another, the spokesperson alerted media that the special counsel investigation is soon to come to a close.
But the first time Carr went on record since the investigation began was to release a statement similar to the one he issued tonight.
Maddow noted that in April 2018, McClatchy reported that Mueller had evidence of Cohen being in Prague in 2016 — a key allegation made in the infamous Steele dossier published by BuzzFeed in December 2016.
That “unprecedented” statement, the host said, was not “directly disputing the story but giving a sort of general warning that there had been inaccuracies out there and every journalist should be careful about their sources.”
In a statement to the Tucker Carlson-owned Daily Caller, a spokesperson for Mueller’s office pushed back against the McClatchy report.
“What I have been telling all reporters is that many stories about our investigation have been inaccurate. Be very cautious about any source that claims to have knowledge about our investigation and dig deep into what they claim before reporting on it,” the spokesperson said. “If another outlet reports something, don’t run with it unless you have your own sourcing to back it up.”
‘I don’t care’: Watch Kamala Harris shut down Chris Hayes for asking a dumb question about Trump
Sen. Kamala Harris shut down MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes during a post-debate interview on Tuesday evening.
Hayes questioned Harris about her call for Twitter to follow their terms of service and kick President Donald Trump off of the platform.
"Do you think he puts people’s lives in danger when he targets them in tweets?" Hayes asked.
"Absolutely," Harris replied.
"Do you think he knows that?" Hayes asked.
"Does it matter?" Harris replied.
"The fact is he did it. The fact is that he is irresponsible, he is erratic," she explained. "He is like a 2-year-old with a machine gun."
Democrats blast Trump and demand his impeachment at CNN debate
Democratic White House hopefuls united in searing condemnation of Donald Trump during their fourth debate Tuesday, saying the president has broken the law, abused his power, and deserves to be impeached.
From the opening moments, most of the dozen candidates on stage launched fierce broadsides against Trump over the Ukrainian scandal at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.
"The impeachment must go forward," said Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is neck and neck with former vice president Joe Biden at the head of the 2020 nominations race.
"Impeachment is the way that we establish that this man will not be permitted to break the law over and over without consequences," she thundered.
Here are 3 winners and 4 losers from the CNN/NYT Democratic presidential primary debate
Twelve Democrats took to the stage Tuesday night for yet another debate in the party's 2020 president primary hosted by CNN and the New York Times.
After only ten candidates qualified for the previous debate, an additional two — Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and wealthy donor and former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer — made it to the stage this round for an even more crowded event.
The candidates discussed a range of important policy issues, but since the format was a debate, and they're all competing for the same nomination, it is ultimately most critical who won and who lost the night. Here are three winners and four losers — necessarily a subjective assessment, of course — from the debate: