Pence: BuzzFeed report shows 'obsession' by media, Dems to attack Trump

Pence: BuzzFeed report shows 'obsession' by media, Dems to attack Trump
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Vice President Pence on Sunday seized on the special counsel's statement challenging the accuracy of a BuzzFeed News report that said President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhite House sued over lack of sign language interpreters at coronavirus briefings Wife blames Trump, lack of masks for husband's coronavirus death in obit: 'May Karma find you all' Trump authorizes reduced funding for National Guard coronavirus response through 2020 MORE directed his former personal attorney to lie to Congress, arguing it underscored why there is distrust in the national media.

"It was remarkable what we saw happening for 24 hours in the media on the basis of the report that appeared in BuzzFeed, and I just think it’s one of the reasons why people are so frustrated with many in the national media and the constant obsession on this," Pence said on "Fox News Sunday."

He added that the report "laid bare" Democrats' willingness to "accept the worst facts" about Trump after some lawmakers responded to the report by calling for investigations or the consideration of impeachment proceedings.


"This was a week where I think the American people saw the hyper-partisanship among Democrats to assume the worst about this president… and many in the national media’s willingness to assume the worst about the president," Pence said.

He added that the administration has "fully cooperated" with the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

"The special counsel will complete his work and we’ll have all the facts," Pence said. "The president’s maintained he’s done nothing wrong. The American people ought to be confident that the administration is cooperating."

BuzzFeed reported on Friday that Trump had directed Cohen to lie to Congress about the timing of negotiations over a potential Trump Tower in Moscow. The story cited "two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter. 

Other news outlets were not able to independently confirm BuzzFeed's reporting, though the story received significant attention on cable news, and was the subject of extensive analysis online.

The special counsel's office pushed back on the story, issuing a rare statement that said the news outlet's "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."

Trump and his allies spotlighted the special counsel's statement to excoriate the press as biased.

BuzzFeed News has stood by its reporting.