One good thing that came from the Mueller report is that the media has been lying it’s butt off on Russian collusion as the report totally destroys their fake news items, using “anonymous sources.” Already, Buzzfeed and McClatchy have had to retract two stories each.
McClatchy still insists one of their fake stories is true and they refuse to take it down or correct it. That is the story where they claim that Michael Cohen went to Prague to meet with Russians. Mueller investigated that claim carefully and found that not only was Cohen not there when McClatchy claims, but he also has never been there ever.
The Mueller report directly contradicted a Jan. 18 BuzzFeed story alleging that Mueller had evidence President Donald Trump ordered Michael Cohen, his former attorney, to lie to Congress about his exploration of a potential Trump Tower Moscow deal in 2016.
The story claimed that Cohen “told the special counsel that after the election, the president personally instructed him to lie — by claiming that negotiations ended months earlier than they actually did — in order to obscure Trump’s involvement.”
But Mueller’s report states: “Cohen said that he and the President did not explicitly discuss whether Cohen’s testimony about the Trump Tower Moscow project would be or was false, and the President did not direct him to provide false testimony. Cohen also said he did not tell the President about the specifics of his planned testimony.”
A June 2018 BuzzFeed story fingered former Russian Olympic weightlifter Dmitry Klokov as a potential go-between for Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Klokov was in contact with Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump, and offered to set up a meeting between Trump and Putin, the BuzzFeed report claimed, including photos of the weightlifter. Klokov at the time adamantly denied having been in contact with the Trump camp, and he was right.
Cohen had been in contact with a Russian he thought was Dmitry Klokov, the former Olympian, but he and BuzzFeed got it wrong. (RELATED: The Media’s Russia ‘Bombshells’ Look Even Worse Now That Mueller Found ‘No Collusion’)
Mueller’s report showed Cohen had confused the Russian weightlifter with a former Russian official by the same name.
Cohen was still under the impression that he had been talking with the weightlifter when he spoke with the special counsel’s office, according to the Mueller report.
The Mueller report contained no evidence to support an explosive, but thinly sourced, article in The Guardian.
The Guardian’s article alleged that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort visited WikiLeaks head Julian Assange three times between 2013 and 2016, including once around the time he joined Trump’s campaign.
The article, which was shared more than 100,000 times across the internet, attributed the bombshell claim to unnamed sources.
The Mueller report made no mention of Manafort ever visiting Assange. Before Mueller’s report came out, The Guardian’s story had been called into question.