UPDATE: Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office on Friday issued an extraordinary statement disputing a bombshell news report that claimed President Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie about the timing of discussions over a proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow.

Former Bush DOJ official John Yoo said that, if true, the Buzzfeed report that President Trump instructed his ex-attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress would be the "smoking gun" that anti-Trump factions have been waiting for.

Yoo, now a professor at UC-Berkeley, said on "America's Newsroom" Friday that Cohen has a "severe credibility problem" but that Trump's critics may find the "grounds for impeachment" if the perjury charge is proven.

Yoo said that in President Clinton's case, the impeachment proceedings were not mainly grounded in the sexual acts committed in the Oval Office, but in the Arkansas Democrat "trying to suborn perjury."

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Clinton was impeached but not removed by Congress in 1999.

Earlier Friday, Trump 2020 adviser Lara Trump called Cohen a "very desperate man" and called the Manhattan attorney a "fraud."

Sandra Smith reported that the White House could not confirm nor deny the report to Fox News.

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