We at TNB are not in the habit of printing rumors. There’s little point to them; if they’re accurate, the truth, when proven, will still be the truth. If they are inaccurate, when the truth comes out it will damage the reputation of the organization.
In this instance, however, a rumor has been reported as fact by an organization with a fairly strong history of both general accuracy and mild sensationalism.
Buzzfeed is reporting that Michael Cohen was personally instructed to lie to Congress about Trump’s business dealings with Russia. They claim to have double-sourced the information via two distinct law enforcement officials, not named, who are involved in the investigation.
It is not the only allegation in their report.
Trump also supported a plan, set up by Cohen, to visit Russia during the presidential campaign, in order to personally meet President Vladimir Putin and jump-start the tower negotiations. “Make it happen,” the sources said Trump told Cohen.Buzzfeed
Because of Buzzfeed’s history of leaning toward the hyperbolic and an inability for second-sourcing, few news outlets are reporting the rumor as fact. But, perhaps mindful of the National Enquirer’s (a far less reputable source than Buzzfeed) breaking of the John Edwards mistress story, they are recognizing the rumor’s existence.
Not merely American outlets are discussing this; news outlets throughout the world are paying attention. The BBC, the Sydney Morning Herald and others are reporting the rumor, and it’s in the comment sections of stories about Cohen fixing online polls for Trump in Japan Today, South Africa and more.
House Democrats are making the most of the story, explaining the obvious to their constituents and anyone else who cares to listen to them.
At its heart, the tweet by Lieu explains why so much attention is being given to the Buzzfeed story. If true, it is a clear case of obstruction of justice, as well as suborning perjury… things which have triggered impeachment proceedings for prior Presidents.