MSNBC Host Lawrence O’Donnell Retracts Unverified Report That Trump Had Loans Signed by Russian Oligarchs

Lawrence O’Donnell at the NYC Women’s March (Wikimedia Commons )

MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell admitted he made an “error in judgment” after airing a singled-sourced, unverified report that US President Donald Trump had loans co-signed by Russian oligarchs.

“Last night I made an error in judgment by reporting an item about the president’s finances that didn’t go through our rigorous verification and standards process. I shouldn’t have reported it and I was wrong to discuss it on the air. I will address the issue on my show tonight,” O’Donnell tweeted Wednesday afternoon.

The liberal host’s mea culpa came just hours after the President’s legal team sent a harshly worded letter to NBC on Wednesday demanding an apology and retraction for what it called “false and defamatory, and extremely damaging” comments.

The letter, obtained by Fox News, was sent by Mr Trump’s legal counsel to NBC Universal executives. “We write concerning the false and defamatory statements published by Lawrence O’Donnell and NBC Universal,” the letter read.

“Demand is hereby made that Mr O’Donnell and NBCU immediately and prominently retract, correct and apologise for the aforementioned false and defamatory statements.”

The letter, written by Charles J. Harder, asked for NBC to confirm in 24 hours, “O’Donnell and NBCU will immediately and prominently retract, correct and apologise for the aforementioned false and defamatory statements.”

Mr Harder added, “Failure to do so will leave my clients with no alternative but to consider their legal options which could include immediate legal proceedings against Mr. O’Donnell and NBCU.”

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SOURCE: Weekly Times Now; Fox News, Liam Quinn and Brian Flood