BUZZFEED BUST: ‘Bombshell’ Trump Story Debunked By Mueller’s Office

An absolute disaster for BuzzFeed and much of the media.

A so-called ‘bombshell’ story by BuzzFeed, claiming that Donald Trump ordered Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, has been directly debunked by the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

For about 24 hours, almost the entire media were breathlessly reporting on the story, claiming that impeachment of Trump was just around the corner and an indictment was certain.

Turns out, the story was fake.

Questions were raised about the story from the beginning, but things really started heating up when one BuzzFeed reporter who co-wrote the story (Anthony Cormier) told CNN he had NOT seen the so-called ‘documents’ and evidence, while the other co-author (Jason Leopold), said those documents had been seen by the reporters.

And then, the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller took the incredibly rare step of debunking the story directly:

“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.”

This is the first media story the Special Counsel’s office has commented on in this manner, and it represents an absolute disaster for BuzzFeed.

Even CNN had to admit it:

“CNN’s Erin Burnett on Statement from Mueller’s Office: ‘It Sounds Pretty Terrible for BuzzFeed.”

Their credibility was already in the tank following their reporting on the ‘Trump dossier,’ and this latest failure will erase what little remaining credibility the establishment media may have had left.

And it’s a big deal:

“Exactly. Given the significance of this story – with huge numbers of Dems & media figures saying Trump should be impeached “if the story is true”, & with Dem Senators demanding to know from Mueller – there was no way Mueller could let a false story this big sit without a denial:”

“The attempt to parse Mueller’s statement & pretend it’s vague is just sad. The BF story had only one key claim: that Mueller had proof in the form of documents, email & testimony that Trump directed Cohen to lie. *That* is what Mueller said is inaccurate. It couldn’t be clearer.”

“For those who want to pretend Mueller is just quibbling with some small semantic details in the story, what’s the theory about why Mueller – for the first time – decided it was important to come out and comment directly on a media story by calling it “inaccurate”? Why this one?”

It’s not about being either pro-Trump or anti-Trump, it’s about the fact that the media – instead of seeking facts and truth – has instead decided to take a side, and let their personal animus and agenda push them towards sharing mistruths and outright lies.

At this point, nobody can be blamed for distrusting everything that they see and hear from the media.

Spencer Fernando

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Buzzfeed was probably paid off by the Democrats! I know that Donald Trump is no saint, but compared to the Clintons, Obama, Soros and all the other friends of the Corrupt Democrats — Donald Trump is a Saint! If anything, he Loves his Country, unlike the Joke of a PM we have in Canada.

Jerry Ram

I agree with you 150%! But were we all not taken in by this “fake news”? And the democrats were already starting the impeachment process.
This is the result of social media today. there is no moral standard and anything is valid, but not true!
The tooth paste was squeezed out of the tube, now how do you get back in, you can’t.

Joseph Pasher

We don’t have journalists anymore. We have paid propagandis.

peter black

Many of us decided long ago to not trust anything the mainstream media reported especially CNN. CNN is a disgrace to the media history of the USA and should be blocked from advertising and broadcasting. Their campaign against the POTUS will go down in media history as the lowest of the low that a broadcaster can go. Don Lemon should be incarcerated for treason as the slimiest of the slimy. Fortunately for Americans they have a President that can tweet and go out and do rallies and press the flesh AND LISTEN TO HIS PEOPLE. Democrats are on the verge… Read more »


-Thank goodness and truth that there is still Spencer Fernando with the truth, Thank you Spencer.

Ken (Kulak)

Good catch Spencer.


I hope Spencer realizes how much of a contribution his work is making to help Canadians obtain some semblance of media accuracy. How many items posted here have never shown up on main Media?

Gordon E Surbey

Thank you once again Spencer Fernando for your balanced, objective truthful reporting. Your posts are a beacon of light in the turbulent darkness that much of Canada (and the world) is struggling through in these difficult times.


We have the same problem here with covering Trudeau and bandits. I had to watch CNN last night and Jeffery Toobin was pretty quiet but sad repeatedly that “this is a bad day for all of us” The Cuomo went on and out and out attack on his show. Criminal network news or as I like to call it… TABLOID Journalism. Meuller is afraid of Barr (his friend) as I watched the question/answers on TV, and he was quite clear what his intentions will be and stuck to his comment “that he will not interfere with Meuller investigation” BUT, was… Read more »

Gonzo the Magnificent

I’ve told people at work the whole Russia thing is hogwash and “once again” here we go.