Aug 29, 2019

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell retracts unverified Trump report

Lawrence O'Donnell at a New York City event in 2018. Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Hospital for Special Surgery

MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell apologized on his "Last Word" show Wednesday night as he retracted an unverified report that directly tied President Trump's finances to Russia, which aired the previous night.

The big picture: After Deutsche Bank said in response to a court order Tuesday that it has tax returns House Democrats are seeking in subpoenas for financial details on Trump and his family, O'Donnell claimed on his show that a single source told him the bank's documents showed Russian oligarchs had co-signed a loan application for Trump.

  • Trump's lawyers wrote to NBC Wednesday to demand a retraction, correction and apology for him what they called a "false and defamatory" statement, per Washington Post journalist Paul Farhi.
  • The president's son Eric Trump said in response to O'Donnell's statement on the story on Twitter that the Trump Organization would take legal action.

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Protests for George Floyd continue for 10th day

Thousands of protesters march over the Brooklyn Bridge on June 4 in New York City. Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

All four former Minneapolis police officers have been charged for George Floyd’s death and are in custody, including Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao, who were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

The latest: A man in Buffalo, New York bled out of one ear and lay motionless on the ground after police pushed him backward at a protest. He was later taken to the hospital and appeared to be alert, per a local reporter on the scene. Officers arrested five people during the protests in Niagara Square, a Buffalo Police Department statement noted.

Trump says he will campaign against Lisa Murkowski after her support for Mattis

Trump with Barr and Meadows outside St. John's Episcopal church in Washington, D.C. on June 1. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump tweeted on Thursday that he would endorse "any candidate" with a pulse who runs against Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

Driving the news: Murkowski said on Thursday that she supported former defense secretary James Mattis' condemnation of Trump over his response to protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing. She described Mattis' statement as "true, honest, necessary and overdue," Politico's Andrew Desiderio reports.

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The president vs. the Pentagon

Trump visits Mattis and the Pentagon in 2018. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty

Over the course of just a few hours, President Trump was rebuffed by the Secretary of Defense over his call for troops in the streets and accused by James Mattis, his former Pentagon chief, of trampling the Constitution for political gain.

Why it matters: Current and former leaders of the U.S. military are drawing a line over Trump's demand for a militarized response to the protests and unrest that have swept the country over the killing of George Floyd by police.