Threatened by President Donald TrumpMSNBC lawyer with possible lawsuit, Lawrence O’Donnell of MSNBC admitted an “error in judgment” by releasing a single source report claiming that the Russian oligarchs had co-signed loans for the current Commander-in-Chief of the United States. country.
Tuesday night The last word with Lawrence O’Donnell, the host cited a singular and anonymous source close to Deutsche Bank, who claimed that Trump’s loans had Russian co-signers – namely, “Russian oligarchs.”
“If that’s true, that explains every kind word Trump ever said about Russia and Putin,” O’Donnell said.
Law firm acting on behalf of President Trump slapped O’Donnell and NBC Universal with a two-page “request” Wednesday, saying the report was “false and defamatory, and extremely damaging.”
“Mr. Trump is the sole guarantor” of the said basic installment loans, the letter asserts, and since this information is allegedly “publicly available and searchable online,” O’Donnell has been charged with acting with “actual malice” and to mislead the public “for political reasons.”
Trump’s attorneys “hereby” demanded that O’Donnell / NBCU “immediately and permanently retract, correct and apologize for the … false and defamatory statements.” And if they did not, “immediate legal proceedings” were suspended.
O’Donnell was quick to respond on Twitter, saying, “Last night I erred in judgment in reporting something about the President’s finances that did not go through our rigorous verification and standardization process. I shouldn’t have pointed it out and I was wrong to discuss it on the air. I will address the issue on my show [Wednesday night]. ”