Trump tweeted. "A very sad day for journalism, but a great day for our Country!"
Democrats in Congress vowed Friday to aggressively investigate a new report that President Donald Trump personally directed his former attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the president's push for a Moscow real estate project ahead of the 2016 election.
Democratic lawmakers have intensified their calls for Trump's impeachment in the wake of these new claims, which are the gravest yet leveled against the president.
Lanny Davis, Cohen's adviser, issued a statement to MSNBC's Katy Tur saying that "Out of respect for Mr. Mueller's and the Office of Special Counsel's investigation, Mr. Cohen declined to respond to the questions asked by the reporters and so do I".
The statement did not directly address the key point of the article, nor did it mention the Trump Tower deal in Moscow.
While analysts approached Buzzfeed's report with caution given that it is based primarily on the claims of two unnamed officials, legal experts and progressive commentators argued that if the story is true, it is grounds for impeachment.
The explosive BuzzFeed report came out around 10 p.m. on Thursday.
In court documents, Cohen admitted that he briefed Trump on his ongoing negotiations with Russian officials about the proposed deal and said that he had consulted with Trump's team before his false testimony before Congress.
With this latest story, "obviously these facts are true or they're false, and we will all get to the bottom of this", he said.
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Investigators in the Senate and House of Representatives said they planned to look into the allegations.
This after President Trump suggested his former attorney may not be telling the truth in order to get a lighter sentence.
BuzzFeed says it stands by its reporting but is "working to determine what exactly" Mueller's office is disputing.
Cohen, who was sentenced to three years in prison last month, has agreed to testify before Congress on February 7. Some Democrats even said that if the report were true, then Trump should be impeached.
House intelligence committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., both said they would probe BuzzFeed's account.
Trump has denied the allegations himself, claiming that Cohen is "lying to reduce his jail time" in a tweet where he quoted Fox News correspondent Kevin Corke.
Cohen, who was the real estate billionaire's right-hand-man and fixer at the Trump Organization in NY at the time, pleaded guilty previous year to charges that he violated campaign finance laws by arranging hush payments ahead of the 2016 election to women who claimed credibly to have had extramarital affairs with Trump.
The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee said Friday that Cohen also is expected to return before that panel early next month for questioning behind closed doors. "They said, 'BuzzFeed'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, '" Cooper added.