BuzzFeed reporter says bombshell account is ‘solid’ despite pushback

BuzzFeed's Anthony Cormier on Sunday defended his explosive report that President Trump directed his former lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress. 

Cormier said on CNN's "Reliable Sources" that his report is "solid" and "accurate" despite special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE's office issuing a statement last week disputing it.


"I’m solid. My sources are solid. This reporting is accurate," he said.

He added that he has received "further confirmation" that the report is accurate.

"I have further confirmation that this is right.  We’re being told to stand our ground.  ... Our reporting is going to be borne to be accurate and we’re 100 percent behind it," he said.

Cormier also said he currently uses the "same fundamentals" in reporting that he has throughout his career, which has included stints covering a city hall, police and courts.

"I use those same skills, the same rigor to cover the White House," he said.

Cormier and BuzzFeed colleague Jason Leopold, citing two federal law enforcement officials, reported last week that Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower project in Moscow.

They added that the special counsel learned that Trump ordered Cohen to lie through interviews, internal emails from the Trump Organization, text messages and other documents.

A spokesman for Mueller's office, however, disputed the report on Friday.

“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,” spokesman Peter Carr said in a statement.

Buzzfeed News editor in chief Ben Smith has since called on the special counsel's office to be clearer in which parts of the report the office is disputing.

"We're eager to understand which characterizations Mueller is talking about there," Smith said Sunday on "Reliable Sources."