Here is some speculation:
Buzzfeed issued a story claiming that they had two sources who told them that Donald Trump told Michael Cohen to lie before Congress. Twenty-four hours later, a spokesperson for Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Donald Trump’s connections with Russia, said that the story was “not accurate.”
As of now, Buzzfeed stands by the story:
Buzzfeed’s Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith tells @andersoncooper he stands by his organization’s bombshell report, and remains “really confident in these specific sources and in the stories these reporters told.” https://t.co/OqWfJcIQIt pic.twitter.com/FZYeUZZ1Qm
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) January 19, 2019
And Trump’s counsel Rudy Giuliani has responded:
I commend Bob Mueller’s office for correcting the BuzzFeed false story that Pres. Trump encouraged Cohen to lie. 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. #FAKENEWS
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) January 19, 2019
So if I read this correctly, Giuliani (and by extension Trump?) is affirming the integrity of the Mueller investigation. So if Mueller is right about the Buzzfeed article, why wouldn’t he also be right about everything else in an investigation that Trump has described as a “witchhunt?”
Trump may win this battle. But when Mueller’s report comes out and Trump denies its accuracy, his opponents will bring up this incident. This incident only strengthens the integrity of the Mueller investigation in the long term.
Just some random thoughts for your Friday night.