Gingrich calls BuzzFeed Trump-Cohen report 'equivalent of tabloids you buy at the grocery store'

Gingrich calls BuzzFeed Trump-Cohen report 'equivalent of tabloids you buy at the grocery store'

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) dismissed BuzzFeed's bombshell report that said federal investigators have evidence President TrumpDonald John TrumpComey: Barr is 'sliming his own department' GOP Mueller critic says Flynn contacted him during special counsel probe: report Acting DHS secretary threatened to quit after clashing with Miller: report MORE ordered his former personal attorney and fixer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build a Trump property in Moscow.

The report released Thursday afternoon has been a top topic on cable news, including on "Fox & Friends" on Friday, a show which included an interview with Gingrich, who serves as a Fox News political contributor.


"Let’s hop in the way back machine," co-host Steve Doocy said to Gingrich. "BuzzFeed is who actually published the unverified dossier in its entirety, I believe."

"Sure. But that is what BuzzFeed does. BuzzFeed is the equivalent of those tabloids you buy at the grocery store on the way out that introduce you to Martians and tell you the story of three stars who had anguished lives that you never knew about," Gingrich said before later adding, "To take BuzzFeed seriously is a sign of how desperate we are for news."

When asked if he doubted if Cohen told investigators he was told by Trump to lie to Congress about the Moscow Trump Tower project, Gingrich pointed to the number of hours Cohen was interviewed by investigators.

"Michael Cohen was interviewed for 70 hours. In 70 hours' time, he could have said anything, because he was trying to please the investigators in order to avoid jail time," Gingrich argued.

President Trump also charged that Cohen is lying to investigators to get his sentence reduced upon watching a report on "Fox & Friends" by Fox News White House correspondent Kevin Corke, an argument he has made multiple times in the past on Twitter.

One of the two BuzzFeed reporters told CNN on Friday morning that he has not "personally" seen the evidence that Cohen was directed by Trump but is confident with what the two law enforcement officials told him.

“No, I’ve not seen it personally, but the folks we have talked to — two officials we have spoken to are fully, 100 percent read-in to that aspect of the special counsel’s investigation," BuzzFeed reporter Anthony Cormier told "New Day."