Donald Trump Lashes Out At CNN, ABC Over Reporting Errors

US President Donald Trump speaks during a Hanukkah reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington DC

US President Donald Trump speaks during a Hanukkah reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington DC

A 2016 email sent to President Donald Trump and top aides pointed the campaign to hacked documents from the Democratic National Committee that had already been made public by the group WikiLeaks a day earlier. Abridging The Post's story, CNN said that it "suggested that the individual may simply have been trying to flag the campaign to already public documents". This afternoon, CBS News had initially released a report verifying CNN's story and stating that it had independently validated the details.

Shortly after publishing its initial report, ABC was forced to issue a crucial correction: Flynn actually planned to testify that Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner ordered him to reach out to representatives of the Russian government during the transition.

"The September 4 email", the story continued, "was sent during the final stretch of the 2016 presidential race -on the same day that Trump Jr. first tweeted about WikiLeaks and Clinton".

After this story was published, The Washington Post obtained a copy of the email Friday afternoon and reported that the email urged Trump and his campaign to download archives that WikiLeaks had made public a day earlier. "We have updated our story to include the correct date, and present the proper context for the timing of email".

CNN's Brian Stelter took to Twitter to relay a message about the reporters of the story after an unnamed CNN spokeswoman said there "will not be disciplinary action in this case because, unlike with Brian Ross/ABC, @MKRaju followed the editorial standards process". CNN devoted multiple segments to discussing it on air.

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The timeline in this story is especially important, because Donald Trump Jr. and Wikileaks are both huge parts of the investigation into Russia's hacking of the election.

But the Washington Post reported hours later that CNN got the date of the email wrong, noting it was actually sent on September 14, after Powell's leaked emails were already released.

This morning brought an absolute bombshell report from CNN. In a series of tweets, he characterized the story as fake news and went after the credibility of the network.

Trump reiterated his call for people to sue ABC News over the report, which reportedly led to a significant dive in the stock market. Earlier this year, the network retracted a story about former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci. Based on the timeline presented by the report, a clearer case of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation could conceivably be made.

After Ross's report turned out to be incorrect, ABC News issued a correction and suspended Ross, without pay, for four weeks.

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