Eric Trump threatens MSNBC with legal action after Lawrence O’Donnell’s latest Trump-Russia smear

On Wednesday, Eric Trump threatened legal action over a claim made by MSNBC propagandist Lawrence O’Donnell that co-signers on Trump’s Deutsche Bank loans were Russian oligarchs with close ties to Vladimir Putin.

“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,” O’Donnell said.  “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.”

But there was only one problem.  It seems that neither O’Donnell, the alleged source nor NBC bothered to verify the claim.  MSNBC Booking Producer Michael Del Moro tweeted:

O’Donnell walked it back, somewhat, saying the allegation had not been rigorously vetted and shouldn’t have been reported.

O’Donnell framed it as a retraction, but still refused to say if the information he originally aired was inaccurate:

President Trump demanded MSNBC retract the story, NewsMax said.

“These statements are false and defamatory, and extremely damaging,” Trump attorney Charles Harder told NBC:

Eric Trump, however, went even further and threatened the network with legal action.

“This was a reckless attempt to slander our family and smear a great company. Apologies are not enough when the true intent was solely to damage and cause harm. As a company, we will be taking legal action. This unethical behavior has to stop,” he said.

“This is some grossly irresponsible work from MSNBC and, once again, it plays right into Trump’s hands that the media is out to get him,” tweeted Josh Jordan.

MSNBC, irresponsible?  Say it ain’t so…


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