Special Counsel Robert Mueller has broken his silence and issued a rare statement on Monday after a left leaning news outlet published an unverified story about President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.
Last week, McClatchy published a report claiming Mueller has evidence that Cohen visited Prague during the 2016 presidential election campaign. If true, it would have validated claims made in the anti-Trump dossier.
But as noted by The Daily Caller, the McClatchy report was so demonstrably false and untrue that Mueller’s office released a statement about the media’s continued efforts to spread unverified reports.
Here’s the statement from Mueller’s office on the media’s Trump-Russia stories:
“What I have been telling all reporters is that many stories about our investigation have been inaccurate.”
“Be very cautious about any source that claims to have knowledge about our investigation and dig deep into what they claim before reporting on it. If another outlet reports something, don’t run with it unless you have your own sourcing to back it up.”
Nearly a week after the McClatchy report, no other media outlet has touched the story or corroborated the claim that Cohen was in Prague, which he has denied numerous times.
Bad reporting, bad information and bad story by same reporter Peter Stone @McClatchyDC. No matter how many times or ways they write it, I have never been to Prague. I was in LA with my son. Proven! https://t.co/ra7nwjUA0X
— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) April 14, 2018
In fact, the McClatchy story was so bad that even Benjamin Wittes — a staunch never-Trumper and ally to former FBI Director James Comey — said it was “a little too good” to be true.
“The sourcing is relatively thin,” Wittes wrote via Twitter on Saturday. “It is sourced to two sources familiar with the matter, who are presumably not Mueller shop folks. It’s not clear to me what the universe of people who would know this sort of thing from a distance looks like.”
“The story does not, actually, say that Michael Cohen was, in fact, in Prague at the relevant time,” Wittes continued. “It says that Mueller’s investigation has developed some evidence that he was in Prague. It gives no sense of how much evidence or what type of evidence—or how credible it is.
Note how the story here hedges on this point, describing the confirmation of Cohen's presence in Prague only in hypothetical terms. The reporters are being careful not to say that Cohen was actually in Prague—merely that Mueller has developed some reason to doubt his denial. pic.twitter.com/BnS9rSP23v
— Benjamin Wittes (@benjaminwittes) April 14, 2018
Mueller breaking his silence and issuing a bold warning to the media about most of Trump-Russia stories being incorrect is very telling.
He has largely remained silent since being appointed last May, meaning his decision to warn the media about their many fake news stories speaks volumes about how bad it has gotten.
After nearly a year of investigating, Mueller’s office has not found a shred of evidence proving collusion took place between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
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