Michael Cohen’s testimony against President Donald Trump in front of Congress is playing out like a soap opera.
However, while the media holds on to his every word with bated breath, we must remember Robert Mueller himself already pushed back against the claim that Donald Trump personally told Cohen to lie to Congress.
So this is why Mueller pushed back on Buzzfeed. It was a matter of Cohen’s interpretation of what Trump was asking; but not a direct order to lie: pic.twitter.com/LM2tDb7SJw
— Michael Weiss (@michaeldweiss) February 27, 2019
Cohen continues to try to sell the story that Trump told him to lie to Congress — though he did admit it wasn’t “direct” instruction.
Trump, of course, has denied telling Cohen to lie. And special counsel Robert Mueller also disputed that suggestion.
As you may recall, BuzzFeed published a bombshell story in January claiming that President Donald Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, citing two anonymous sources.
At the time, Mueller’s office pushed back with a rare public denial.
“Buzz Feed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate,” the special counsel’s office said in a statement.
Perception is NOT Reality
There is an old saying in customer service that a guest’s perception is their reality. That, however, does not hold true in the legal world.
Cohen is making a lot of assumptions and asking everyone to accept them as truth. In his testimony on Wednesday, he stated that “Mr. Trump did not directly tell me to lie to Congress. That’s not how he operates.” Cohen then claimed Trump’s actions were “his own way” of telling him what he really wanted done.
But interpreting someone’s actions to mean something is very different than receiving explicit instruction.
Considering nobody else was in the room, Cohen expects everyone to believe his interpretation.
Cohen, however, is the one that has already been proven to be a liar.