Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office is warning that “many” news articles on the Trump-Russia probe have been wrong and recent reports from the liberal media have been misleading, reports The Washington Times.
The statement from a spokesperson did not single out particular stories. But the warning did come after media inquiries about a McClatchy News story on Friday that said Mueller has evidence that President Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, did, in fact, travel to Prague in 2016 as alleged by the Christopher Steele dossier.
“What I have been telling all reporters is that many stories about our investigation have been inaccurate,” the Mueller spokesperson said. “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.”
The statement was reported by the Daily Caller and confirmed by The Washington Times.
The McClatchy story on Friday lit up liberal media outlets since, if true, it would confirm a major charge by the British ex-spy. Mr. Steele wrote that Cohen traveled secretly to Prague in August 2016 to meet Vladimir Putin aides to conspire to cover up Russian hacking of Democratic Party computers. In other words: Trump-Russia collusion.
There has been no official or press confirmation of Steele’s Prague allegation nor of a number of other Steele collusion charges. His work was financed by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.
For his part, Cohen has repeatedly denied under oath and thus under the penalty of perjury, that he traveled to Prague. If he did, in fact, go there, he would be unlikely to lie under oath to Congress since the FBI’s investigative powers would be able to track his movements.
After the McClatchy story, Cohen tweeted on Saturday, “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!”
Cohen has supplied his trip records and passport to show reporters that he was in California for a time in August 2016 when Steele says he visited Prague.
The supposed Cohen Prague trip has been pushed to reporters and government investigators by Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS, which paid Mr. Steele. Fusion has long-standing relationships with Washington’s powerful news outlets such as CNN, the Washington Post and the New York Times.
Simpson still believes Cohen went to Prague. He told the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that Cohen may have traveled by yacht and a Russian’s plane.
It really says something about the state of our media when the leader of a witch hunt against Trump says the news is all wrong.