BuzzFeed reporter @a_cormier_ on his story: “I have further confirmation that this is right. We are being told to stand our ground … The same sources that we used in that story are standing behind it, as are we.” https://t.co/rejBGLYLqC pic.twitter.com/Oe3yz5G0Dk
— Reliable Sources (@ReliableSources) January 20, 2019
Courtesy of Newsweek:
One of the BuzzFeed journalists who wrote an explosive report last week alleging that President Donald Trump directed his former lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations regarding Trump Tower Moscow has doubled down on the story after rare pushback from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team.
“I have further confirmation that this is right. We are being told to stand our ground,” Anthony Cormier, who wrote the story along with reporter Jason Leopold, said on CNN’s Reliable Sources on Sunday. “The same sources that we used in that story are standing behind it, as are we,” he added.
“This is going to be borne out. This story is accurate,” he insisted.
This story has been dismissed out of hand by a number of news outlets and used by the Right Wing as an example of how journalism has decayed in this country.
However, the reporter who wrote this story, Anthony Cormier, is aggressively sticking to his guns.
But Cormier, appearing alongside BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith, defended the story on Sunday. When asked by host Brian Stelter if the sources could be wrong, Cormier insisted: “They’re not. I’m confident.”
Smith also said that his team was “eager to understand” what Mueller considered inaccurate about the report. Although he and Cormier would not reveal their sources or provide more details, he assured Stelter that BuzzFeed maintained high journalistic standards and was confident the article would be proven correct.
After posting about this story originally on Friday I have been taking a wait and see attitude.
My personal take is that it is almost certainly accurate, and I hope that Buzzfeed is able to eventually prove that and vindicate their reporting.