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
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.
& # 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
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
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.
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;
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.
& # 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
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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