Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian election interference seemed to pour cold water on what was billed as a headline-making story regarding President Donald Trump and his former lawyer Michael Cohen.
In January, BuzzFeed News reported Trump instructed Cohen to be untruthful with Congress regarding the Trump Organization’s pursuit of building a Trump Tower in Moscow. The revelation was explosive, but Mueller’s office issued a rare statement to push back on the story.
As Mediaite noted Thursday after Mueller’s report was made public, Mueller did not find that Trump told Cohen to lie.
“First, with regard to Cohen’s false statements to Congress, while there is evidence, described below, that the president knew Cohen provided false testimony to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow project, the evidence available to us does not establish that the president directed or aided Cohen’s false testimony,” the report reads.
Attorney General William Barr held a press conference Thursday morning to discuss the Mueller report, after which he transmitted copies of it to Congressional leaders. It was made available to the general public a short time later.