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Trump expected to offer deal for ending the shutdown, Democrats expected to reject it

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump proposed a deal to end the government shutdown that continued his demand for $5.7 billion in funding for his border wall, but contained what he suggested was a concession to Democrats: three years of protections for immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children and those who fled certain countries and are covered under the “temporary protected status” program.

“This plan solves the immediate crisis, and it is a horrible crisis,” Trump said in an address to the nation, delivered from the Diplomatic Room at the White House. “And it provides humanitarian relief, delivers real border security and immediately reopens our federal government.”

Trump said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has agreed to put his proposal into a bill and bring it up on the floor by the end of next week.

Democratic leaders in Congress declared the plan dead on arrival.

“It is unlikely that any one of these provisions alone would pass the House, and taken together, they are a non-starter,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. “For one thing, this proposal does not include the permanent solution for the Dreamers and TPS recipients that our country needs and supports.”

The partial government shutdown, which is now the longest in history, began Dec. 22, when the House and Senate failed to pass legislation funding various agencies, including the Homeland Security Department. Trump said Saturday that he intends to follow through on the promise he made repeatedly on the campaign trail — one that he originally framed as requiring Mexico to pay for a barrier.

“I intend to keep that promise one way or the other,” he said. “Our immigration system should be the subject of pride, not a source of shame as it is all over the world.”

The conservative Heritage Foundation, a Washington think tank, criticized Trump for offering up a shield to certain immigrants.

“Amnesty should not be part of any border security deal, especially given that many who today oppose a wall have publicly supported and even voted for physical barriers in the recent past,” James Carafano, vice president of The Heritage Foundation’s Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, said in a statement.

“Unlike many in Washington, President Trump has shown himself to be serious about securing the border and fixing our broken immigration system. For this he is to be commended. However, the proposed compromise is not the best way forward,” Carafano said.

Trump has considered various proposals that would, in theory, allow him to shift money and resources to try to build the wall, but there are political, logistical and legal pitfalls that make those options difficult.

Since the government shutdown began four weeks ago, the two parties have ceded no ground, with Trump and Republican leaders in Congress insisting that bills to re-open the agencies include money for the wall he promised on the campaign trail. Democratic leaders have held firm to the position that Trump must agree to fund the agencies without the wall money.

Trump to Support DACA Protections for More Wall Funding

WASHINGTON—President Trump is planning on Saturday to support protections from deportation for some undocumented immigrants in the U.S. in exchange for $5.7 billion to build the southern border wall, said White House officials familiar with the decision.

Mr. Trump is scheduled to make his announcement at 4 p.m. Aides cautioned that the announcement has already been delayed once by an hour, and that the president may still change his approach.

Trump says grateful to Mueller for BuzzFeed statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he was grateful to Special Counsel Robert Mueller for a statement disputing a BuzzFeed News report that Trump directed his former lawyer to lie to Congress about a Moscow real estate deal.

“I appreciate the special counsel coming out with a statement last night. I think it was very appropriate that they did so,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “I think that the BuzzFeed piece was a disgrace to our country. It was a disgrace to journalism.”

The statement by Mueller’s office on Friday evening disputed key elements of the BuzzFeed report.

Reporting by Steve Holland and David Brunnstrom; Editing by Daniel Wallis

Trump expected to propose extending DACA, TPS protections in exchange for wall funding

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Nick Pompeo (L) and Susan Pompeo look on at their husband and father U.S. President-elect Donald Trumps nominee for the director of the CIA, Rep. Mike Pompeo(R-KS) as he attends his confirmation hearing before the Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee on January 12, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Nick Pompeo (L) and Susan Pompeo look on at their husband and father U.S. President-elect Donald Trumps nominee for the director of the CIA, Rep. Mike Pompeo(R-KS) as he attends his confirmation hearing before the Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee on January 12, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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President Donald Trumps lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said Wednesday there was nothing illegal about Trump campaign advisers meeting with a Russian lawyer purportedly offering dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.President Donald Trumps lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said Wednesday there was nothing illegal about Trump campaign advisers meeting with a Russian lawyer purportedly offering dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 14: U.S. President Donald Trump answers questions from the press as he departs the White House January 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump is scheduled to travel to New Orleans today to address the American Farm Bureau Federations 100th annual convention. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 14: U.S. President Donald Trump answers questions from the press as he departs the White House January 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump is scheduled to travel to New Orleans today to address the American Farm Bureau Federations 100th annual convention. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump is expected to propose extending protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients and individuals with Temporary Protected Status in exchange for border wall funding in his remarks Saturday afternoon, a source familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN.

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Pelosi faces tough decision with Trump | TheHill

After a nasty tit-for-tat with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms BuzzFeed stands by Cohen report: Mueller should ‘make clear what he’s disputing’ MORE over the shutdown this week, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D’Alesandro PelosiOn The Money: Trump teases ‘major announcement’ Saturday on shutdown | Fight with Dems intensifies | Pelosi accuses Trump of leaking trip to Afghanistan | Mnuchin refuses to testify on shutdown impacts Ellen DeGeneres buys cheesecakes from furloughed federal workers who were baking to make ends meet Trump teases ‘major announcement’ about shutdown on Saturday MORE (D-Calif.) faces a delicate decision: whether to rescind her invitation for Trump’s State of the Union speech later this month.

Such a move could deny Trump a huge megaphone to tout his border wall amid the ongoing budget impasse, but would also inflame tensions between the sniping power brokers and complicate bipartisan efforts to end the longest government closure in the nation’s history.

Upon taking the gavel at the start of the year, Pelosi had invited Trump to give the address on Jan. 29 — an annual event, draped in pageantry and tradition, that provides the president an enormous platform to promote his agenda for the coming year.

On Wednesday, day 26 of the history-making shutdown,  Pelosi took the remarkable step of asking Trump to delay the address until the government is fully funded. Yet she did not go so far as to disinvite him, instead suggesting that, “unless government reopens this week,” the pair “work together to determine another suitable date.” 

On Friday, Pelosi amplified that message.

“He’s been invited,” she told reporters in the Capitol. “All we said is, ‘Let’s work together for another date when government is open.’ ” 

Yet Trump has not responded directly to Pelosi’s entreaty. Instead, he escalated the feud on Thursday when he blocked a trip Pelosi and several other Democrats had planned to visit U.S. troops in Afghanistan by denying them access to military aircraft. 

The squabbling intensified even further on Friday when Pelosi, who had quietly rescheduled the fact-finding trip on commercial flights, abruptly canceled that back-up plan — citing security concerns — after she said the White House leaked the news of their travel.

Pelosi characterized the leak as dangerous breach of convention, warning that broadcasting travel by political figures into war zones heightens the risk of attack. 

“We never give advance notice of going into a battle area — we just never do,” Pelosi said. “Perhaps the president’s inexperience didn’t have him understand that protocol. People around him, though, should have known that because that’s very dangerous.”

The remarkable back-and-forth highlights the extent to which the debate over how to reopen the government — an impasse hinging on funding for Trump’s promised border wall — has deteriorated from a budget negotiation into a barroom brawl. 

Although roughly three-quarters of the federal government has been funded through September, the remainder lost funding on Dec. 22 and has remained shuttered ever since. Trump has insisted that the outstanding spending bills include $5.7 billion for new construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, a central promise of his 2016 campaign. That provision is a non-starter with the Democrats, who have offered $1.3 billion for alternative border security measures, but won’t accept a dime for new border barriers.

What happens next — or who takes the next step — is anyone’s guess. 

Trump late Friday said he would be making an announcement on Saturday afternoon about the shutdown and the crisis on the southern border, a signal he may be warming once again to declaring a national emergency to end the shutdown and fund the wall. Declaring the emergency would allow Trump to fund the wall while circumventing Congress, though it would also invite lawsuits.

If Trump does not back down or declare an emergency, it seems likely that Pelosi will have to make her difficult decision on the State of the Union, which is now less than two weeks away.

While the White House has not responded formally to Pelosi’s postponement request, top administration officials have sent signals that they’re forging ahead with the idea that the speech will proceed as scheduled. 

Leaders of the Homeland Security Department and Secret Service, which have both been affected by the partial shutdown, asserted this week that they’ll have the resources to ensure the Capitol is secure during the high-profile address, even if parts of the government remain unfunded at the time.

Those pronouncements have undermined Pelosi’s initial justification for the delay request, which hinged on security concerns. More recently, she’s said she has full faith in the security agencies to protect the Capitol during the speech, but simply wants those personnel to be paid for their efforts. 

“[Those] who are preparing for the security of the president, the vice president, the House, the Senate, the Cabinet, the Supreme Court and the diplomatic corps, the joint chiefs of staff — that those people who are working so hard to secure this site will be paid,” Pelosi said Friday. 

She did not float the option of revoking her invitation for the speech, and her office did not respond to a request for comment Friday.

Some Democrats, meanwhile, are warning that the way to confront Trump — a mercurial figure known for lashing out at his adversaries — is to avoid playing his game. 

“I’m convinced that we’re not going to beat Donald Trump by trying to be Donald Trump,” Julián Castro, former Housing and Urban Development secretary under President Obama who’s running for president in 2020, said Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Castro was referring to the 2020 Democratic hopefuls, but his message could be extrapolated to apply also to the long-running shutdown negotiations.

“You’re never going to out-gutter Donald Trump,” he said.

Alan Dershowitz: BuzzFeed report (and Mueller rebuke) a vivid example of “Get Trump” media mindset

Alan Dershowitz Blasts Disputed Buzzfeed ReportVideo

Alan Dershowitz Blasts Disputed Buzzfeed Report

Alan Dershowitz Blasts Disputed Buzzfeed Report

As soon as I read the explosive BuzzFeed News report alleging there was evidence that President Trump had directed his former attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, I was very suspicious.

Even before the Office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller issued a statement Friday night saying that the BuzzFeed account was “not accurate,” I wrote an op-ed for the New York Daily News raising questions about whether there was actually credible evidence that Trump suborned perjury or obstructed justice by telling Cohen to lie to lawmakers.

It seemed obvious that there were no smoking gun emails containing any such direction from the president. Nor would there be eyewitnesses to any such alleged conversation.

BUZZFEED ROCKS MEDIA INDUSTRY AFTER MUELLER TEAM DISPUTES REPORT: ‘MEDIA ERRORS ARE ALWAYS ANTI-TRUMP

Unlike the obstruction of justice case that led to articles of impeachment being drafted against President Nixon and his resignation – where tape recordings proved criminal conduct by Nixon – the accusations against President Trump would have to rely on the credibility of Cohen, who has a long history of lying and little if any credibility.

In fact, Cohen was sentenced in federal court in December to three years in

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Pelosi faces tough decision with Trump | TheHill

After a nasty tit-for-tat with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms BuzzFeed stands by Cohen report: Mueller should ‘make clear what he’s disputing’ MORE over the shutdown this week, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D’Alesandro PelosiOn The Money: Trump teases ‘major announcement’ Saturday on shutdown | Fight with Dems intensifies | Pelosi accuses Trump of leaking trip to Afghanistan | Mnuchin refuses to testify on shutdown impacts Ellen DeGeneres buys cheesecakes from furloughed federal workers who were baking to make ends meet Trump teases ‘major announcement’ about shutdown on Saturday MORE (D-Calif.) faces a delicate decision: whether to rescind her invitation for Trump’s State of the Union speech later this month.

Such a move could deny Trump a huge megaphone to tout his border wall amid the ongoing budget impasse, but would also inflame tensions between the sniping powerbrokers and complicate bipartisan efforts to end the longest government closure in the nation’s history.

Upon taking the gavel at the start of the year, Pelosi had invited Trump to give the address on Jan. 29 — an annual event, draped in pageantry and tradition, that provides the president an enormous platform to promote his agenda for the coming year.

On Wednesday — day 26 of the history-making shutdown — Pelosi took the remarkable step of asking Trump to delay the address until the government is fully funded. Yet she did not go so far as to disinvite him, instead suggesting that — “unless government reopens this week” — the pair “work together to determine another suitable date.” 

On Friday, Pelosi amplified that message.

“He’s been invited,” she told reporters in the Capitol. “All we said is, ‘Let’s work together for another date when government is open.’” 

Yet Trump has not responded directly to Pelosi’s entreaty. Instead, he escalated the feud on Thursday when he blocked a trip Pelosi and several other Democrats had planned to visit U.S. troops in Afghanistan by denying them access to military aircraft. 

The squabbling intensified even further on Friday when Pelosi, who had quietly rescheduled the fact-finding trip on commercial flights, abruptly canceled that back-up plan — citing security concerns — after the White House leaked the news of their travel.

Pelosi characterized the leak as dangerous breach of convention, warning that broadcasting travel by political figures into war zones heightens the risk of attack. 

“We never give advance notice of going into a battle area — we just never do,” Pelosi said. “Perhaps the president’s inexperience didn’t have him understand that protocol. People around him, though, should have known that because that’s very dangerous.”

The remarkable back-and-forth highlights the extent to which the debate over how to reopen the government — an impasse hinging on funding for Trump’s promised border wall — has deteriorated from a budget negotiation into a barroom brawl. 

Although roughly three-quarters of the federal government has been funded through September, the remainder lost funding on Dec. 22 and has remained shuttered ever since. Trump has insisted that the outstanding spending bills include $5.7 billion for new construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border — a central promise of his 2016 campaign That provision is a non-starter with the Democrats, who have offered $1.3 billion for alternative border security measures, but won’t accept a dime for new border barriers.

What happens next — or who takes the next step — is anyone’s guess. 

Trump late Friday said he would be making an announcement on Saturday afternoon about the shutdown and the crisis on the southern border, a signal he may be warming once again to declaring a national emergency to end the shutdown and fund the wall. Declaring the emergency would allow Trump to fund the wall while circumventing Congress, though it would also invite lawsuits.

If Trump does not back down or declare an emergency, it seems likely that Pelosi will have to make her difficult decision on the State of the Union, which is now less than two weeks away.

While the White House has not responded formally to Pelosi’s postponement request, top administration officials have sent signals that they’re forging ahead with the idea that the speech will proceed as scheduled. 

Leaders of the Homeland Security Department and Secret Service — which have both been affected by the partial shutdown — asserted this week that they’ll have the resources to ensure the Capitol is secure during the high-profile address, even if parts of the government remain unfunded at the time.

Those pronouncements have undermined Pelosi’s initial justification for the delay request, which hinged on security concerns. More recently, she’s said she has full faith in the security agencies to protect the Capitol during the speech, but simply wants those personnel to be paid for their efforts. 

“[Those] who are preparing for the security of the president, the vice president, the House, the Senate, the cabinet, the Supreme Court and the diplomatic corps, the joint chiefs of staff — that those people who are working so hard to secure this site will be paid,” Pelosi said Friday. 

She did not float the option of revoking her invitation for the speech, and her office did not respond to a request for comment Friday.

Some Democrats, meanwhile, are warning that the way to confront Trump — a mercurial figure known for lashing out at his adversaries — is to avoid playing his game. 

“I’m convinced that we’re not going to beat Donald Trump by trying to be Donald Trump,” Julian Castro, former housing secretary under President Obama who’s running for president in 2020, said Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Castro was referring to the 2020 Democratic hopefuls, but his message could be extrapolated to apply also to the long-running shutdown negotiations.

“You’re never going to out-gutter Donald Trump,” he said.

 

 

Mueller team disputes BuzzFeed report claiming Trump told Cohen to lie

Trump team slams Buzzfeed report that he instructed Michael Cohen to lie to CongressVideo

Trump team slams Buzzfeed report that he instructed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office on Friday issued an extraordinary statement disputing a bombshell news report that claimed President Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie about the timing of discussions over a proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow.

“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,” Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller’s office, said.

TRUMP ATTORNEY DISMISSES REPORT ALLEGING PRESIDENT TOLD COHEN TO LIE TO CONGRESS

The statement is remarkable in that Mueller’s team rarely issues statements in response to news stories. But BuzzFeed’s story sparked immense interest from Democrats, who called for renewed investigations and even suggested the allegations could be a basis for impeachment proceedings.

Buzzfeed’s Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith tweeted after the release of the statement Friday: “In response to the statement tonight from the Special Counsel’s spokesman: We stand by our reporting and the sources who informed it, and we urge the Special Counsel to make clear what he’s disputing.”

The statement reiterated an earlier tweet from the Buzzfeed PR Twitter account, which said the publication “stands by this story 100%.”

“Remember it was Buzzfeed that released the totally discredited ‘Dossier,’ paid for by Crooked Hillary Clinton and the Democrats (as opposition research), on which the entire Russian probe is based,” Trump late Friday night. “A very sad day for journalism, but a great day for our Country!”

In a story published Thursday, BuzzFeed cited two unnamed federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation on the matter who said Cohen acknowledged to Mueller’s office that he was instructed by Trump in 2017 to lie to Congress about the now-abandoned real estate deal to build a Trump Tower in Russia.

The report said Mueller’s office first learned of the directive from interviews with witnesses from the Trump Organization and internal company email, text messages and documents.

The report, which was not been confirmed by Fox News, was immediately dismissed by President Trump’s legal team.

“Any suggestion – from any source – that the president counseled Michael Cohen to lie is categorically false. Michael Cohen is a convicted criminal and a liar,” Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said. “… Today’s claims are just more made-up lies born of Michael Cohen’s malice and desperation, in an effort to reduce his sentence.”

Credibility of BuzzFeed report on Michael Cohen called into questionVideo

After the special counsel’s statement on Friday, Giuliani praised Mueller’s team “for correcting the BuzzFeed false story.”

“I ask the press to take heed that their hysterical desire to destroy this President has gone too far,” he wrote in a tweet. “They pursued this without critical analysis all day.”

Earlier Friday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., whose committee is already investigating the president and his ties to Russia, called the allegations in the report “the most serious to date.”

“The allegation that the president of the United States may have suborned perjury before our committee in an effort to curtail the investigation and cover up his business dealings with Russia is among the most serious to date,” Schiff said in a statement. “We will do what’s necessary to find out if it’s true.”

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., said the House should begin to “establish a record” of whether Trump “committed high crimes,” repeatedly hinting on Twitter at the potential for impeachment proceedings.

“Based on the Buzzfeed report and numerous other articles showing @realDonaldTrump committed Obstruction of Justice and other possible felonies, it is time for the House Judiciary Committee to start holding hearings to establish a record of whether @POTUS committed high crimes,” Lieu tweeted.

Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, called for Trump to leave office or face impeachment if the report is accurate.

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“If the @BuzzFeed story is true, President Trump must resign or be impeached,” he said.

The BuzzFeed report claimed Trump directed Cohen to lie in his congressional testimony, though according to court documents and the statements Cohen made publicly, he has acknowledged that his actions were taken out of “loyalty” to the president.

In November, Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about the Trump real estate project in Russia as part of Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates in the 2016 presidential election.

Cohen entered into a plea deal with the special counsel to cooperate on “any and all matters” deemed relevant. The maximum prison sentence for Cohen is five years, plus fines of up to $250,000.

Rudy Giuliani says any suggestion that the president counseled Michael Cohen to lie is falseVideo

In court in November, after entering his plea, Cohen acknowledged his work for Trump as counsel and adviser.

In a separate case brought by federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York, Cohen pleaded guilty to breaking campaign finance laws by helping orchestrate payments to former Playboy model Karen McDougal and adult film star Stormy Daniels in exchange for their silence about alleged sexual encounters with the president years before he took office. Prosecutors and Cohen himself said the former Trump fixer orchestrated those payments at Trump’s direction.

Cohen is slated to appear for public testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Feb. 7.

Fox News’ Jake Gibson and Elizabeth Zwirz contributed to this report.

Alan Dershowitz: BuzzFeed report (and Mueller rebuke) a vivid example of “Get Trump” media mindset

Alan Dershowitz Blasts Disputed Buzzfeed ReportVideo

Alan Dershowitz Blasts Disputed Buzzfeed Report

Alan Dershowitz Blasts Disputed Buzzfeed Report

As soon as I read the explosive BuzzFeed News report alleging there was evidence that President Trump had directed his former attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, I was very suspicious.

Even before the Office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller issued a statement Friday night saying that the BuzzFeed account was “not accurate,” I wrote an op-ed for the New York Daily News raising questions about whether there was actually credible evidence that Trump suborned perjury or obstructed justice by telling Cohen to lie to lawmakers.

It seemed obvious that there were no smoking gun emails containing any such direction from the president. Nor would there be eyewitnesses to any such alleged conversation.

BUZZFEED ROCKS MEDIA INDUSTRY AFTER MUELLER TEAM DISPUTES REPORT: ‘MEDIA ERRORS ARE ALWAYS ANTI-TRUMP

Unlike the obstruction of justice case that led to articles of impeachment being drafted against President Nixon and his resignation – where tape recordings proved criminal conduct by Nixon – the accusations against President Trump would have to rely on the credibility of Cohen, who has a long history of lying and little if any credibility.

In fact, Cohen was sentenced in federal court in December to three years in prison after pleading guilty to lying to Congress, campaign finance violations and financial crimes.

President Trump’s spokeswoman and his lawyers strongly disputed the BuzzFeed report, which was published Thursday, even before the statement from Mueller’s spokesman knocking down the story.

“Two words sum it up better than anything anybody else can say, and that is ‘categorically false,’” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Friday.

The anti-Trump pundits have been wrong so often that the only people who persist in believing them are Trump opponents who dream of seeing him forced out of office and maybe even winding up in prison.

That was followed by the Friday night statement of Mueller spokesman Peter Carr, who said: “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.”

But despite the obvious weakness of the BuzzFeed report, many members of the “get Trump at any cost” brigade were busy digging Trump’s political grave and getting ready to dance on it soon after the BuzzFeed report became the focus of massive news coverage.

Prominent congressional Democrats speculated about impeaching President Trump or calling for his resignation – and made plenty of false analogies to the articles of impeachment that had been drafted in the Nixon case.

As is typical of the “get Trump” media, wishful thinking took the place of thoughtful analysis and journalistic skepticism.

The anti-Trump pundits have been wrong so often that the only people who persist in believing them are Trump opponents who dream of seeing him forced out of office and maybe even winding up in prison.

By any objective standard, these self-appointed media “experts” have lost all credibility.

I wish the media would go back and show the categorical statements and confident predictions of their paid commentators who have been proven wrong so many times. Their record of accurate predictions is nothing to brag about.

In fact, BuzzFeed itself has repeatedly misreported allegations against President Trump. Even after Mueller’s office made the rare public statement Friday night to say that the BuzzFeed reporting was not accurate, BuzzFeed defended its accusation that President Trump had told Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations by the Trump Organization to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

BuzzFeed Editor Ben Smith tweeted Friday night: “We stand by our reporting and the sources who informed it, and we urge the Special Counsel to make clear what he’s disputing.”

Cohen had testified before Congress that negotiations on the Trump Tower deal – which never was finalized – ended in January 2016, before the beginning of presidential primaries. But prosecutors said later that the negotiations continued as late as June 2016, after Trump was clearly going to become the Republican presidential candidates.

Now that Mueller’s office has stated the BuzzFeed report that Trump told Cohen to lie to Congress about the negotiations was not accurate, how can the BuzzFeed possibly say the special counsel’s office is wrong?

Do the journalists at BuzzFeed know something the special counsel and his team of prosecutors and investigators don’t know? Do these reporters and editors think the special counsel is not being accurate? Or are they doubling down to avoid the embarrassment of admitting they were wrong?

The American people are the real victims of “wishful thinking” journalism – the reporting of items journalists wish were true rather than items that pass journalistic standards.

The public has no way of discerning good reporting from wishful reporting, particularly when the reporting is based on unidentified sources.

The worst offenders are the so-called expert commentators who pollute the media with unfounded and biased speculation based on partisan agendas rather than real expertise and experience.

The media should have standards – based on proven track records of accuracy – that their commentators must satisfy before they can opine or predict.

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I must admit that my hope for more accurate reporting and less partisan commenting is itself wishful thinking, but there is a place for such thinking. That place is not in reporting facts or predicting outcomes.

The job of the media is to report the facts – not to engage in endless speculation without a factual basis.

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Mueller team disputes BuzzFeed report claiming Trump told Cohen to lie

Trump team slams Buzzfeed report that he instructed Michael Cohen to lie to CongressVideo

Trump team slams Buzzfeed report that he instructed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office on Friday issued an extraordinary statement disputing a bombshell news report that claimed President Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie about the timing of discussions over a proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow.

“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,” Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller’s office, said.

TRUMP ATTORNEY DISMISSES REPORT ALLEGING PRESIDENT TOLD COHEN TO LIE TO CONGRESS

The statement is remarkable in that Mueller’s team rarely issues statements in response to news stories. But BuzzFeed’s story sparked immense interest from Democrats, who called for renewed investigations and even suggested the allegations could be a basis for impeachment proceedings.

Buzzfeed’s Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith tweeted after the release of the statement Friday: “In response to the statement tonight from the Special Counsel’s spokesman: We stand by our reporting and the sources who informed it, and we urge the Special Counsel to make clear what he’s disputing.”

The statement reiterated an earlier tweet from the Buzzfeed PR Twitter account, which said the publication “stands by this story 100%.”

“Remember it was Buzzfeed that released the totally discredited ‘Dossier,’ paid for by Crooked Hillary Clinton and the Democrats (as opposition research), on which the entire Russian probe is based,” Trump late Friday night. “A very sad day for journalism, but a great day for our Country!”

In a story published Thursday, BuzzFeed cited two unnamed federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation on the matter who said Cohen acknowledged to Mueller’s office that he was instructed by Trump in 2017 to lie to Congress about the now-abandoned real estate deal to build a Trump Tower in Russia.

The report said Mueller’s office first learned of the directive from interviews with witnesses from the Trump Organization and internal company email, text messages and documents.

The report, which was not been confirmed by Fox News, was immediately dismissed by President Trump’s legal team.

“Any suggestion – from any source – that the president counseled Michael Cohen to lie is categorically false. Michael Cohen is a convicted criminal and a liar,” Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said. “… Today’s claims are just more made-up lies born of Michael Cohen’s malice and desperation, in an effort to reduce his sentence.”

Credibility of BuzzFeed report on Michael Cohen called into questionVideo

After the special counsel’s statement on Friday, Giuliani praised Mueller’s team “for correcting the BuzzFeed false story.”

“I ask the press to take heed that their hysterical desire to destroy this President has gone too far,” he wrote in a tweet. “They pursued this without critical analysis all day.”

Earlier Friday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., whose committee is already investigating the president and his ties to Russia, called the allegations in the report “the most serious to date.”

“The allegation that the president of the United States may have suborned perjury before our committee in an effort to curtail the investigation and cover up his business dealings with Russia is among the most serious to date,” Schiff said in a statement. “We will do what’s necessary to find out if it’s true.”

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., said the House should begin to “establish a record” of whether Trump “committed high crimes,” repeatedly hinting on Twitter at the potential for impeachment proceedings.

“Based on the Buzzfeed report and numerous other articles showing @realDonaldTrump committed Obstruction of Justice and other possible felonies, it is time for the House Judiciary Committee to start holding hearings to establish a record of whether @POTUS committed high crimes,” Lieu tweeted.

Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, called for Trump to leave office or face impeachment if the report is accurate.

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“If the @BuzzFeed story is true, President Trump must resign or be impeached,” he said.

The BuzzFeed report claimed Trump directed Cohen to lie in his congressional testimony, though according to court documents and the statements Cohen made publicly, he has acknowledged that his actions were taken out of “loyalty” to the president.

In November, Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about the Trump real estate project in Russia as part of Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates in the 2016 presidential election.

Cohen entered into a plea deal with the special counsel to cooperate on “any and all matters” deemed relevant. The maximum prison sentence for Cohen is five years, plus fines of up to $250,000.

Rudy Giuliani says any suggestion that the president counseled Michael Cohen to lie is falseVideo

In court in November, after entering his plea, Cohen acknowledged his work for Trump as counsel and adviser.

In a separate case brought by federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York, Cohen pleaded guilty to breaking campaign finance laws by helping orchestrate payments to former Playboy model Karen McDougal and adult film star Stormy Daniels in exchange for their silence about alleged sexual encounters with the president years before he took office. Prosecutors and Cohen himself said the former Trump fixer orchestrated those payments at Trump’s direction.

Cohen is slated to appear for public testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Feb. 7.

Fox News’ Jake Gibson and Elizabeth Zwirz contributed to this report.