Mueller's Buzzfeed story statement: Legal experts and former government officials weigh in
Robert Mueller (Jonathan Ernst:Reuters)

Many were stunned to learn that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office Friday night issued an extremely rare statement disputing aspects of Buzzfeed's Thursday bombshell. That bombshell, as you know, says that President Donald Trump instructed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.

First, it's important to read the statement issued by Mueller's spokesperson, Peter Carr.

"BuzzFeed's description of specific statements to the Special Counsel's Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen's Congressional testimony are not accurate."

So, to be clear, Mueller is not stating the story itself, that the President told Cohen to lie to Congress, is false. He's saying the way Buzzfeed described "specific statements," documents, and testimony "are not accurate."

Here's what Buzzfeed's Editor-in-Chief, Ben Smith, told Rachel Maddow Friday night:

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Also on Maddow, former U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg, who served as the the acting head of the DEA says point blank: "the core of the Buzzfeed story is accurate."

And here's what some other legal and experts and former government officials are saying.

Mariotti is a former federal prosecutor and currently a CNN Legal Analyst:

Former Chief Spokesperson for the U.S. Dept. of Defense:

Former National Security Council Spokesperson:

National security journalist Marcy Wheeler: