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President Trump is officially a liar — according to The Washington Post's stickler-for-words Fact Checker team, headed by Glenn Kessler. Kessler's team has documented 4,229 false or misleading claims Trump has made as president — for an average of 7.6 a day — but despite pressure from Trump's critics, the team "has been hesitant" to accuse Trump of lying, "as it is difficult to document whether the president knows he is not telling the truth," Kessler explained on Wednesday. But with Trump's firm denial of knowledge about his lawyer Michael Cohen's hush payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels, "it's now clear that the president's statement was a lie."
You can read Kessler's "definitive story of a Trump lie," including names, dates, and supporting video evidence, at The Washington Post. At CNN on Wednesday night, Chris Cuomo discussed Trump's lie about the Stormy Daniels payment, but he also spent a few minutes debunking Trump's new whopper, that former President Barack Obama "did the same thing." "In fact, he liked this excuse so much — so nice — he used it twice," Cuomo said, calling the charge Trump's "weakest" line of attack yet. But in the end, the main point is Trump's shifting story about paying off Daniels, he said, and "the real problem here is lying." Watch below. Peter Weber
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