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MSNBC nocturnal host Lawrence O & Donnell withdrew a story on Wednesday that a defamation of a defamation had been pulled by President Donald Trump's personal lawyer

MSNBC host Lawrence O & Donnell withdraws claim that Russian oligarchs co-signed Trump's bank loans after the president's lawyer threatened to sue – but #RussianCosigners were already popular on Twitter

  • MSNBC host claimed Tuesday night that Russian billionaires had signed Trump's real estate loans with Deutsche Bank
  • He walked it back on Wednesday and said he should not have sent the report
  • Network had already admitted there was no evidence to support this and the source of D & Donnell had not seen any bank details
  • Damage was done, starting with O & # 39; Donnell & # 39; s tweet that went viral and a Twitter hashtag & # 39; # RussianCosigners & # 39; who ran # 2 in the US
  • Trump & # 39; s personal lawyer threatened a lawsuit against MSNBC and wrote Wednesday that the president demanded a withdrawal
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MSNBC nightly host Lawrence O & D 39 Donnell withdrew a bomb report on Wednesday and admitted that he should not have claimed that Russian oligarchs had co-signed Donald Trump & # 39; s loans with Deutsche Bank

O & # 39; Donnell returned his report in a tweet that came after the President's personal lawyer had threatened the cable network with a libel case.

He teased his news shocker Tuesday night at the end of Rachel Maddow's programming hour, and inspired a flood of anti-Trump tweets with the hashtag #RussianCosigners – which quickly rose to # 2 on Twitter & # 39; s & # 39 ; trending & # 39; chart in the United States.

O & # 39; Donnell said that a single source had told him information that goes beyond a few very important steps & # 39; information that was publicly available about Trump's loan history with the German bank.

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& # 39; The source says that Deutsche Bank is in possession of loan documents proving that Donald Trump has obtained loans with co-signatories and that he would not have been able to obtain these loans without co-signatories & # 39 ;, said O & # 39 Donnell. & # 39; The source close to Deutsche Bank says that the co-signatories of Donald Trump's Deutsche Bank loans are Russian billionaires near Vladimir Putin. & # 39;

MSNBC nocturnal host Lawrence O & Donnell withdrew a story on Wednesday that a defamation of a defamation had been pulled by President Donald Trump's personal lawyer

MSNBC nocturnal host Lawrence O & Donnell withdrew a story on Wednesday that a defamation of a defamation had been pulled by President Donald Trump's personal lawyer

D & Donnell (right) surprised fellow host Rachel Maddow on Tuesday by reporting that Russian oligarchs had signed the loans from President Trump together with Deutsche Bank

D & Donnell (right) surprised fellow host Rachel Maddow on Tuesday by reporting that Russian oligarchs had signed the loans from President Trump together with Deutsche Bank

D & Donnell (right) surprised fellow host Rachel Maddow on Tuesday by reporting that Russian oligarchs had signed the loans from President Trump together with Deutsche Bank

O & # 39; Donnell also teased the news with a tweet on Tuesday evening before he went up in the air; Trump & # 39; s personal lawyer threatened a lawsuit on Wednesday

O & # 39; Donnell also teased the news with a tweet on Tuesday evening before he went up in the air; Trump & # 39; s personal lawyer threatened a lawsuit on Wednesday

O & # 39; Donnell also teased the news with a tweet on Tuesday evening before he went up in the air; Trump & # 39; s personal lawyer threatened a lawsuit on Wednesday

The president did not address the rumor in person, so it stuck as an unlikely rumor that his opponents have seized
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The president did not address the rumor in person, so it stuck as an unlikely rumor that his opponents have seized

The president did not address the rumor in person, so it stuck as an unlikely rumor that his opponents have seized

O & # 39; Donnell threw that apparent blockbuster into a political light after Maddow gasped & # 39; What? Really? & # 39;

& # 39; If it is true, & # 39; he said, & that would explain any kind word that Donald Trump ever said about Russia and Vladimir Putin. & # 39;

& # 39; If that's true, that would be an important factor in Vladimir Putin's publicly expressed preference for presidential candidate Donald Trump over presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, & # 39; O & # 39; added Donnell.

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The host of & # 39; The Last Word & # 39; teased his revelation with a tweet that quickly went viral. But he was covering up at the end of his hour-long program.

& # 39; Now I want to emphasize, that is a single source, & # 39; he said. & # 39; This has not been confirmed by NBC News. I have not seen any Deutsche Bank documentation that supports this and verifies this. This is just a single source that revealed to me. And that is where it stands at this point. It will need much more verification before that can be a verifiable fact. & # 39;

Trump & # 39; s eldest son Don Jr. tweeted an accusation that O & # 39; Donnell completely made up the story & # 39; & # 39;

Trump & # 39; s eldest son Don Jr. tweeted an accusation that O & # 39; Donnell completely made up the story & # 39; & # 39;

Trump & # 39; s eldest son Don Jr. tweeted an accusation that O & # 39; Donnell completely made up the story & # 39; & # 39;

MSNBC & # 39; Morning Joe & # 39; producers were under pressure early Wednesday morning to confirm or refute the story of O & # 39; Donnell. Almost two hours after the broadcast, booking producer Michael Del Moro acknowledged on Twitter that the only source had not seen any papers.

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& # 39; Deutsche Bank declines to comment on Lawrence O & # 39; Donnell & # 39; s report that the Russian oligarch & # 39; s (sic) have co-signed the Trump loans & # 39 ;, Del Moro wrote.

& # 39; The information came from a single source that did not see the bank details. NBC has not seen this data and has not yet been able to verify the report. & # 39;

Donald Trump Jr. sarcastically tweeted that the inability of the network to confirm the report from O & # 39; Donnell is & # 39; (l) ileky because he completely invented it & # 39 ;.

Charles Harder, the president's personal lawyer, threatened a lawsuit in a two-page letter that demanded an immediate withdrawal

Charles Harder, the president's personal lawyer, threatened a lawsuit in a two-page letter that demanded an immediate withdrawal

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Charles Harder, the president's personal lawyer, threatened a lawsuit in a two-page letter that demanded an immediate withdrawal

Wednesday morning, an MSNBC producer tweeted that the source of D & Donnell had not seen any of Trump's bank details personally, reducing the story to the status of a rumor

Wednesday morning, an MSNBC producer tweeted that the source of D & Donnell had not seen any of Trump's bank details personally, reducing the story to the status of a rumor

Wednesday morning, an MSNBC producer tweeted that the source of D & Donnell had not seen any of Trump's bank details personally, reducing the story to the status of a rumor

Trump & # 39; s lawyer, Charles Harder, wrote to MSNBC executives on Wednesday and complained about & # 39; false and defamatory statements & # 39 ;.

Harder wrote that there are no co-signers of Trump's loans to Deutsche Bank.

& # 39; The only borrowers under these loans are Trump entities, and Mr. Trump is the only guarantor, & # 39; he explained. & # 39; Numerous documents for each of these loans are also recorded, publicly available and searchable online. & # 39;

& # 39; For example, true malice can be easily proven on the basis of your reckless disregard for the truth and unreasonable dependence on an alleged & # 39; source & # 39; that you will not even identify in your story and that you and the public are probably trying to mislead for political reasons or other ulterior motives. & # 39;

& # 39; Actual Malice & # 39; is a legal norm that applies to public figures who want to claim that they have committed defamation or defamation. It requires proof that a suspect was reckless and published a lie despite knowing, or expecting, that it was false.

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