Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway slammed a BuzzFeed News report that claimed President Trump directed his former attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.

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."

"The promised evidence never arises," she said, adding that the "big" claims in the story were not backed up by any evidence.


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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.

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.


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