Trump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier

Trump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem MORE bashed BuzzFeed News late Friday after the special counsel's office disputed one of the outlet's reports about former longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.

"A very sad day for journalism, but a great day for our Country!" Trump wrote on Twitter.

The president noted in his tweet that BuzzFeed previously published a dossier on unverified allegations about Trump's ties to Russia.

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BuzzFeed has long defended its publication of the controversial document in January 2017, but Trump and his GOP allies have ripped it, casting it as a discredited piece of opposition research.

"Remember it was Buzzfeed that released the totally discredited 'Dossier,' paid for by Crooked Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton3 ways government can help clean up Twitter Intelligence Democrat: Stop using 'quid pro quo' to describe Trump allegations The Memo: Bloomberg's 2020 moves draw ire from Democrats MORE and the Democrats (as opposition research), on which the entire Russian probe is based!" Trump tweeted Friday.

The president also appeared to use the disputed BuzzFeed report this week to renew his attacks on the press at large, retweeting various supporters blasting news organizations and tweeting that "Fake News is truly the ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!" 

BuzzFeed News released a report Thursday alleging that Trump had instructed Cohen to lie to Congress about the timing of negotiations over the construction of a Trump Tower in Moscow.

Various Democrats seized on the report throughout the day Friday, with some using the latest bombshell allegation to call for Trump's impeachment.

On Friday night, special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' MORE's office issued a rare statement disputing the veracity of BuzzFeed's report.

“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,” special counsel spokesman Peter Carr said in a statement obtained by The Hill.

Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani commended the special counsel’s office for their statement on the report.

“I commend Bob Mueller’s office for correcting the BuzzFeed false story that Pres. Trump encouraged Cohen to lie,” he tweeted. “I ask the press to take heed that their hysterical desire to destroy this President has gone too far. They pursued this without critical analysis all day.”

BuzzFeed issued its own statement Friday night saying they "stand by our reporting and the sources who informed it" and urged "the Special Counsel to make clear what he's disputing."

BuzzFeed has defended the publication of the Steele dossier on their site previously.