Lawrence O’Donnell retracts claim that Russians co-signed Trump loans

MSNBC nighttime host Lawrence O’Donnell retracted a bombshell report on Wednesday, admitting he shouldn’t have aired a claim that Russian oligarchs co-signed Donald Trump’s loans with Deutsche Bank  O’Donnell walked his reporting back in a tweet that came after the president’s personal lawyer threatened the cable network with a defamation lawsuit  He teased his news shocker Tuesday night at the end of Rachel Maddow’s hour of programming, inspiring a torrent of anti-Trump tweets that included the hashtag #RussianCosigners – which quickly rose to #2 on Twitter’s ‘trending’ chart in the United States  O’Donnell had said a single source had told him information that ‘goes a few very important steps beyond’ information that was publicly available about Trump’s lending history with the German bank ‘The source says that Deutsche Bank is in possession of loan documents that show Donald Trump has obtained loans with co-signers, and that he would not have been able to obtain those loans without co-signers,’ said O’Donnell ‘The source close to Deutsche Bank says that the co-signers of Donald Trump’s Deutsche Bank loans are Russian billionaires close to Vladimir Putin ‘ MSNBC nighttime host Lawrence O’Donnell retracted a story on Wednesday that had drawn a defamation lawsuit threat from President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer O’Donnell (right) stunned fellow host Rachel Maddow on Tuesday by reporting that Russian oligarchs had co-signed President Trump’s loans with Deutsche Bank O’Donnell also teased the news with a tweet Tuesday night before he went on the air; Trump’s personal lawyer threateded a lawsuit on Wednesday The president hasn’t addressed the rumor personally, leaving it hanging like an unlikely rumor that his opponents have seized on nonethelessO’Donnell cast that apparent blockbuster in a political light after Maddow gasped ‘What? Really?”If true,’ he said, ‘that would explain every kind word Donald Trump has ever said about Russia and Vladimir Putin ”If true, that would be a significant factor in Vladimir Putin’s publicly stated preference for presidential candidate Donald Trump over presidential candidate Hillary Clinton,’ O’Donnell added The host of ‘The Last Word’ teased his revelation with a tweet that quickly went viral But he was hedging by the end of his hour-long program.’Now, I want to stress, that’s a single source,’ he said ‘This has not been confirmed by NBC News. I have not seen any documentation from Deutsche Bank that supports this and verifies this This is just a single source who has revealed that to me. And that’s where that stands at this point It’s going to need a lot more verification before that can be a confirmable fact ‘  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Deutsche Bank has tax returns targeted by Democrats who want Donald Trump did NOT sign the U.S. up for $20 million fund. Trump told aides he would pardon them if they built his wall Attorney General William Barr has booked Trump’s DC hotel. Share this article Share 13 shares Trump’s eldest son Don Jr tweeted an accusation that O’Donnell ‘totally fabricated’ the storyMSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ producers were under pressure by early Wednesday morning to confirm or disprove O’Donnell’s story Nearly two hours into the broadcast, booking producer Michael Del Moro conceded on Twitter that the lone source hadn’t seen any loan paperwork ‘Deutsche Bank is declining to comment on Lawrence O’Donnell’s reporting that Russian oligarch’s [sic] co-signed Trump’s loans,’ Del moro wrote ‘The information came from a single source who has not seen the bank records. NBC has not seen those records and has not yet been able to verify the reporting ‘Donald Trump Jr. tweeted sarcastically that the network’s inability to confirm O’Donnell’s report is ‘[l]ileky because he totally fabricated it ‘   Charles Harder, the president’s personal lawyer, threatened a lawsuit in a two-page letter that demanded an immediate retraction  By Wednesday morning one MSNBC producer was tweeting that O’Donnell’s source had not personally seen any of Trump’s bank records, reducing the story to the status of a rumorTrump’s attorney, Charles Harder, wrote to MSNBC executives on Wednesday, complaining about ‘false and defamatory statements ‘Harder wrote that there are no co-signers on Trump’s Deutsche Bank loans.’The only borrowers under these loans are Trump entities, and Mr Trump is the only guarantor,’ he declared. ‘Numerous documents for each of these loans are also recorded, publicly available and searchable online ”Thus, actual malice can easily be proven based on your reckless disregard of the truth and unreasonable reliance on an alleged “source” who you will not even identify in your story and likely is seeking to mislead you and the public for political reasons or other ulterior motives ”Actual malice’ is a legal standard that applies to public figures who want to argue that they have been libeled or slandered It requires proving that a defendant was reckless and published a lie despite knowing, or being expected to know, that it was false

4 comments on “Lawrence O’Donnell retracts claim that Russians co-signed Trump loans”

  1. Ronnie Bishop says:

    You need to retract your whole damn life.

  2. Mike Thomas says:

    What about all his other lies and those of Rachel Maddow?

  3. hookalakah says:

    All this episode has done is to reenforce what we've known all along: that Lawrence O'Donnell and much of his network is a refuge of partisan hacks.

  4. hookalakah says:

    Another self-appointed Trump slayer, with no bullets in his gun.

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