Claim: Russian oligarchs co-signed Trump’s Deutsche Bank loans
On the heels of Deutsche Bank confirming that he has tax returns in response to congressional subpoenas Donald trump challenges in court, MSNBC Lawrence O’Donnell claimed that an anonymous source “close to Deutsche Bank” told him that Trump was only able to get the loans because they were co-signed by Russian oligarchs close to Vladimir Poutine.
The complaint immediately sparked another “if that’s true ”news cycle. O’Donnell himself made sure to repeatedly emphasize “if this is true” regarding the information he was reporting, information that he said would “explain, it seems to me, every kind word that Donald Trump never said about Russia and Vladimir Putin “.
“[I]that’s true, and I stress the part if it’s true, ”O’Donnell covered.
True or not, the story has spread like wildfire. Here is a sample of some of the main reactions.
“If this is true, Trump cannot stay POTUS”
All partisan suspicions about Trump’s tax returns have been confirmed.
“Impeachment is just the start.”
This time around twice convicted criminal and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has stumbled upon himself to say that Trump has no financial relationship with the Russian oligarchs.
If Lawrence O’Donnell is right, “a bonfire of ethical – if not legal – issues for the White House.”
The claim, “so true”, is what has been said for years.
People shouldn’t be surprised by this because it has been discussed.
Morning Joe’s booking producer said Deutsche Bank declined to comment on the O’Donnell report on Wednesday [ensuing emphasis ours].
“Information came from a single source who did not see the bank statements, ” Michael del moro mentionned. “NBC has not seen these recordings and has not been able to verify the reports.”
UPDATE: O’Donnell withdrawn the report and apologized on his Wednesday night show.
“Last night on this show I discussed information that was not ready to be reported. I didn’t go through the rigorous verification and standardization process here at MSNBC before repeating what I heard from my source, ”O’Donnell said. “If that had been the case, I would not have been allowed to report it. I shouldn’t have said it on air or posted it on Twitter. I was wrong to do it. ”
“Tonight we are retracting the story. We do not know if the information is inaccurate. But the point is, we know it wasn’t ready to air, and I apologize for that, ”he said.
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