Donald Trump Jr., in an exclusive interview Monday night with Fox News "" The Ingraham Angle, again accused House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff or orchestrating a series of inaccurate leaks aiming to damage the White House, saying there is a "99.9 percent chance is the guy that was testing my testimony as I was testifying" in 2017.
Trump Jr. also compared Thursday's discredited BuzzFeed article, which alleged that President Trump directed Michael Cohen to Congress, to the media coverage this weekend around a widely documented encounter near the Lincoln Memorial involving several pro-Trump Catholic high school students, black activists shouting homophobic slurs , and a Native American man.
"You had some Catholic schoolboys that were at a right-to-life march, okay? They were wearing a MAGA hat," Trump Jr. said. "They had to pounce because the media wants to be true. They want a bunch of nice, Catholic kids ̵
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And after the BuzzFeed article was published, some commentators and top Democrats said it raised the possibility the president should be impeached if it was accurate.
" to be true, Laura, "Trump Jr. added. "They've been pushing this nonsense for two years. They've found nothing. … It's not true, don't push it for 14 hours straight."
He continued: "This isn You saw it right after I did my testimony, and they said, "Oh, Donald Trump Jr. had the Wikileaks information, because presumably, Adam Schiff leaked it right after my testimony to them, and conveniently took out the one before the four, turning the 14th into the 4th, meaning I had six days before the world saw it, as opposed to four days after the entire world saw it. "
In late 2017, CNN senior congressional correspondent Manu Raju reported that Trump Jr. had received early, private access to Wikileaks documents – a story that turned out to be entirely false.
BuzzFeed News investigative reporters Anthony Cormier and Jason Leopold authored the discredited report on Thursday, citing two law enforcement officials who said Michael Cohen had acknowledged to Mueller's office that President Trump told him about a potential real-estate deal in Moscow, claiming that the negotiations ended months before they did so to Trump's involvement.
Trump's instruction to Cohen, the article claimed that "internal company emails, text messages, and a cache of other documents". But Mueller issued his first public statement in more than a year to the BuzzFeed report just one day later, asserting a letter statement that BuzzFeed's story was "not accurate."
The Washington Post has since reported that Mueller intended his rare denial to mean that the story was "almost entirely incorrect," and that the special counsel's office immediately "reviewed evidence if there were any documents or witness interviews like those described, reaching out to those thought might have a stake in the case . They found none. "
And Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani told Fox News on Monday that his team communicated with Mueller's office last week about the BuzzFeed article – and agreed a significant portion of it was false.
" They " have been pushing this nonsense for two years. They've found nothing. "- Donald Trump Jr.
" There are some texts and other documents to corroborate BuzzFeed's claim for th e simple reason that it is not true, "Giuliani told Fox News. "Whoever is responsible for this is lying." He added: "We commend them for standing up for the truth," referring to Mueller's team.
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Leopold has been involved in many scandals during his career related to his false reports, including one in 2002 for Salon.com about Enron that the outlet was "riddled with inaccuracies and misrepresentations," and another incorrect story in 2006 for Truthout.org about supposedly pending indictments against form George W. Bush aide Karl Rove
In an interview with CNN on Sunday, Cormier declined to explain why Leopold claimed to have seen the documents proving that Trump had ordered to lie to Congress – contradicting Cormier's insistence in a separate post-article interview on Friday that he had not personally seen the documents.
"Cormier, sitting next to BuzzFeed N" ews Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith, customs CNN's "Reliable Sources" host Brian Stelter. "We really can't get any further at all, in order not to jeopardize our sources." Leopold did not appear for the interview, which occasionally became tense as Stelter openly criticized BuzzFeed's journalistic practices. Smith claimed Leopold, who has been out of the public view since Friday, was busy "reporting."
In an interview on Friday, Cormier told CNN, "No, I haven't seen it personally," when asked if he had seen the documents mentioned in the story that purportedly showed Trump customs to lie.
Cormier only claimed that the two sources were fully, 100 percent read in that aspect of the special counsel's investigation. ] However, Leopold, speaking separately to MSNBC, remarked that, "I don't think we've seen [the documents]" and clarified, "We've seen documents and leg briefed."
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Leopold later suggested that he meant to say that he has seen the documents, but that Cormier has not, count Mediaite, " Yes. Anthony said he had not personally seen the documents. ”
Cormier added in the interview with Stelter on Sunday:" I have further confirmation that this is right. We are the duty to stand our ground… We are the ones that are used in that story, as we are. ”
But Smith and Cormier also acknowledged they were not aware of the exact language Trump would have used in instructing Cohen to lie. Stelter, in the interview, also slammed Leopold's terse request for comment on Mueller's office, late just before the article was published, as a "dereliction of duty" by the publication.
President Trump has called BuzzFeed's decision to publish the discredited article "disgraceful," and Vice President Mike Pence charged on Sunday that the media was "obsessed" with taking down Trump.
"It was remarkable what we saw happening for 24 hours in the media, on the basis of the report that appeared in BuzzFeed, "Pence duty" Fox News Sunday "anchor Chris Wallace. "It's one of the reasons why people are so frustrated with many in the national media." Fox News' Laura Ingraham, John Roberts, Chris Wallace, and Samuel Chamberlain contributed to this report.