Hemingway: Mueller Team's Rebuttal of BuzzFeed Story Was an 'Utter Slap Down'
The report, which has since been refuted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team, alleged that Trump had Cohen lie about a Trump Tower project in Russia during the 2016 election.
Hemingway, also a senior editor at The Federalist, said Saturday on Fox & Friends that the report is merely the most recent example of "explosive claims" amounting to what appears to be a "dud."
Remember it was Buzzfeed that released the totally discredited “Dossier,” paid for by Crooked Hillary Clinton and the Democrats (as opposition research), on which the entire Russian probe is based! A very sad day for journalism, but a great day for our Country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 19, 2019
"The promised evidence never arises," she said, adding that the "big" claims in the story were not backed up by any evidence.
Hemingway also said that an issue came from many other media outlets taking those claims seriously.
"It's not just BuzzFeed's problem, it's actually a lot of other people's problem too for being so gullible," she said.
— BuzzFeed PR (@BuzzFeedPR) January 18, 2019
Mueller's team issued a rare public statement in response to the story, claiming that the characterization of Cohen's testimony was inaccurate.
Hemingway said Mueller's team hasn't gone out of its way to publicly denounce a story until now, in what she called an "utter slap down."
"We have to be smart news consumers. ... We should be very careful not to just fall for everything," she said.
Watch Hemingway's discussion with Ed Henry above.