O’Donnell Backs Down on Russian Oligarchs Story

O’Donnell Backs Down on Russian Oligarchs Story August 29, 2019

I reported yesterday on Lawrence O’Donnell’s story about Trump’s Deutsche Bank loans being co-signed by a Russian oligarch, but I expressed some skepticism because it was based on a single source and included little information. O’Donnell has now backed down from the story and apologized for it.

Trump’s lawyer wrote a cease and desist letter and demanded a retraction. O’Donnell responded on Twitter:

This doesn’t mean that the story is necessarily false, but it does mean he did what real journalists do and get more verification before running with the story. If the story is true, there would be documents proving it. Without those, there’s little other than speculation to go on.

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