CNN Corrects False Report On Donald Trump Jr.'s Emails With Wikileaks

10 December, 2017, 02:36 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Exclusive: Email shows effort to give Trump campaign WikiLeaks documents

CNN incorrectly reported Friday that President Trump's campaign, including the candidate himself, his eldest son and top aides, received access to hacked Democratic National Committee emails on September 4, 2016, more than a week before the group WikiLeaks made the files public.

CNN initially reported that the email arrived on September 4 - the first day that Trump Jr. tweeted about Wikileaks and Hillary Clinton's emails. But the Washington Post revealed that the message was actually sent on September 14, pointing out Wikileaks material that had been released a day earlier.

By Saturday, Donald Trump Jr.'s Twitter feed was filled with tweets and retweets slamming CNN over its bombshell-turned-dud story involving WikiLeaks documents and the president's eldest son.

"We understand that the media reported 12 hours prior to this email that the DNC emails had been hacked or leaked", Alan Futerfas, a lawyer for Trump Jr, told CNN.

On Friday, CNN claimed that the Trump team received access to hacked WikiLeaks files before they were made public.

It was also yet another prominent reporting error at a time when news organizations are confronting a skeptical public, and a president who delights in attacking the media as "fake news".


Still, Trump Jr. and many others have claimed otherwise.

"This undermines the credibility of their investigation", Garten said, calling committee leaks unethical and reckless.

He said that because of the press statements made by some members that "clearly" violated "agreed-upon confidentiality", Trump Jr. had received a letter releasing him from the confidentiality of the proceedings.

The individual was able to obtain the email addresses for Trump Jr. and his personal assistant, as well as an email that congressional investigators believe was for then-candidate Trump, although he rarely uses email.

It also came less than three weeks before WikiLeaks and Trump Jr. began exchanging direct messages on Twitter, according to CNN. The correction undercut the main thrust of CNN's story, which had been seized on by critics of President Trump as evidence of coordination between WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign. For what its worth, CNN said it based its story on the accounts of two sources who had seen the email. "He's not affiliated with anybody", Garten said. "We're going to speak the truth", Trump said during a Friday night rally in Florida.

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