Eric Trump threatens to sue MSNBC, Lawrence O’Donnell over latest Trump-Russia smear

Eric Trump threatens to sue MSNBC, Lawrence O’Donnell over latest Trump-Russia smear
Lawrence O’Donnell (Image: MSNBC video screen grab)

Despite the title of his MSNBC show, it appears that this time far-left propagandist Lawrence O’Donnell will not have “The Last Word.”

On Tuesday, O’Donnell reported 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,” adding, “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:

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On Wednesday O’Donnell and his network heard from Eric Trump’s lawyers. In response, O’Donnell walked back the incendiary claim 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:

But a simple retraction wasn’t enough for the president’s son, who tweeted, “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.”

The title of O’Donnell’s show is now looking prophetic. Will this latest lie indeed turn out to have been his last word? Stay tuned.

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