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Mueller investigation goes on the record to dispute BuzzFeed report

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In a rare move, the office of special counsel Robert Mueller has gone on the record to dispute the bombshell BuzzFeed report from Thursday night, which claimed that the special counsel has evidence that President Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.

"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."
— Spokesperson Peter Carr

BuzzFeed News responded by saying: "We are continuing to report and determine what the special counsel is disputing. We remain confident in the accuracy of our report." BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith wrote on Twitter: "We stand by our reporting and the sources who informed it, and we urge the Special Counsel to make clear what he's disputing."

U.S.-China trade talks could be inching toward progress

Illustration of China and U.S. shipping containers
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

There appears to be some movement in the trade negotiations between the U.S. and China.

What's happening: The Chinese side confirmed earlier this week that Vice Premier Liu He will come to Washington, D.C., on Jan. 30–31. Commerce Vice Minister Wang Shouwen and Finance Vice Minister Liao Min will travel to D.C. next week, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

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