After Thursday’s blockbuster BuzzFeed News report about President Donald Trump ordering Michael Cohen to lie to Congress stunned politicos, one conservative commentator thinks the whole thing is a farce — but his reasoning is utterly absurd.
John Cardillo, an anchor for the right-wing news station Newsmax, made his case on Twitter Friday afternoon.
“I can’t believe people are buying this BuzzFeed story,” wrote Cardillo. “You’d have to believe that Trump would reach out to Cohen, after Cohen publicly admitted that he was cooperating with Mueller, and ask Cohen to lie to Congress. It’s a moronic premise w/out any corroborating evidence.”
I can't believe people are buying this BuzzFeed story.
You'd have to believe that Trump would reach out to Cohen, after Cohen publicly admitted that he was cooperating with Mueller, and ask Cohen to lie to Congress.
It's a moronic premise w/out any corroborating evidence.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) January 18, 2019
Cohen was not the source of the story. Anyone who actually read the report or followed the Trump-Cohen saga would know this.
“Cohen testified in Fall 2017,” The Atlantic’s Natasha Bertrand correctly noted. “His offices weren’t raided until April 2018 and he didn’t begin cooperating with Mueller until months after that. So your assertion makes no sense.”
Cardillo’s twisting of the facts was shown no mercy.
Just like all the other news stories that people like you tried to debunk that still hold up and contribute to the mountain of evidence that Trump and his people colluded with Russis for money and to interfere in the 2016 election. Nice try though. Good luck going forward. Bye!
— Stephen Matteo (@MatteoMedia) January 18, 2019
You do not seem like you are very good at critical thinking.
— 𝐊𝐢𝐦 𝐋𝐲𝐝𝐨𝐧 (@virgogirl) January 18, 2019
To believe this story ISN'T TRUE you have to believe that two Government Officials are making up this story and faked documents to give Buzzfeed.
— On The Case Man (@OnTheCaseMan) January 18, 2019
Cohen wasn't cooperating with Mueller until early 2018. The testimony to Congress occurred in late 2017
— Jᴀqᴇn H'ghᴀr (@RealFacelessMan) January 18, 2019
Cardillo is spectacularly wrong.
I can’t believe people believe anything you say when you can’t even get a basic timeline straight
— Insanul Ahmed (@Incilin) January 18, 2019
Oh Lordy. I'm gonna try to not be snarky. Cohen was not cooperating when he testified to Congress. The basis for this tweet is wrong.
— Eric Schmeltzer (@JustSchmeltzer) January 18, 2019
You seem to think Buzzfeed is reporting that Trump suborned perjury after Cohen flipped. This story says Trump suborned the perjury long before that… when Cohen was still his loyal poodle. And prosecutors have receipts.
You’re not very good at this.
— Shamus McGillicuddy (@ShamusMc1) January 18, 2019
This take didn’t go well
— Pattipalooza (@ganglywhitegirl) January 18, 2019
BuzzFeed News reported on Thursday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office “learned about Trump’s directive for Cohen to lie to Congress through interviews with multiple witnesses from the Trump Organization and internal company emails, text messages, and a cache of other documents. Cohen then acknowledged those instructions during his interviews with that office.”
Cohen pleaded guilty in November to a slew of crimes including lying to Congress and was sentenced to three years in prison.