ET: Buzzfeed and McClatchy both declined to apologize for botched reports about Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, after the release of the Mueller report showed their reports fit the definition of what Trump often describes as “fake news.”
Buzzfeed published an article on Jan. 17 that claimed: “President Trump directed his attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the Moscow tower project.”
Written by Jason Leopold—who has a history of plagiarism—and Anthony Cormier, the story relied on two anonymous sources and claimed that Cohen told investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller that Trump told him to lie about talks he had with a Russian official for the tower.
Cohen’s alleged lie was saying talks fell through in January 2016 when they actually ended in June 2016. The article also claimed that Mueller’s office obtained documents of Trump’s alleged instructions to Cohen, such as internal Trump Organization emails. Leopold said he’d seen the documents personally while Cormier said he had not.