CNN Misreports Date of 'Incriminating' Email to Trump Campaign

09 December, 2017, 05:07 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Trump hit back at the report saying he'seldom if ever watches CNN

CNN on Friday afternoon corrected an exclusive report that said candidate Donald Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr. had received an email providing a web address and decryption key allowing them to access hacked documents from WikiLeaks before such documents were publicly available.

"Tonight we are going to speak straight to the American people and cut right through the fake news media", Trump said to rapturous applause from the Pensacola crowd. He claimed that talking to WikiLeaks was equivalent to speaking with news organizations like CNN or NBC, according to multiple sources familiar with the testimony. Soon after, CBS also issued a correction and said the date was actually September 14.

But The Washington Post obtained the email itself and reported Friday afternoon that the message was actually dated September 14, 2016 - a difference that sets Trump Jr.'s receipt 10 days later.

Investigators are trying to figure out whether the sender made a legitimate effort to give the documents to the Trump campaign. Because Sept. 4 coincided with the day Trump tweeted about Wikileaks (he shared an article from The Gateway Pundit), CNN seems to have jumped to the conclusion that it was inspired by this very email. The new information indicates that the communication is less significant than CNN initially reported.

By the time of the corrections, numerous liberal pundits and politicians, and others critical of Trump, had already seized on the CNN story as evidence that Trump colluded with the Russian government in 2016.

It also noted that on the same day, Donald Jr. began tweeting about WikiLeaks and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE.


The full email - which was first described to CNN as being sent on September 4, 10 days earlier - indicates that the writer may have simply been flagging information that was already widely available.

An attorney for Donald Trump Jr. told the Post that the email was just one of "a ton of unsolicited emails like this on a variety of topics".

Mr Trump Jr, according to sources who spoke to CNN, said the messages he shared were akin to speaking to any major media outlet. Trump yelled at the reporter.

Actually, the "new details"-i.e., the correct email date-mean that the communication has no significance whatsoever". Asked about possible disciplinary measures, a CNN source responded, "There will not be any disciplinary action taken because every procedure put in place as part of the editorial process was followed".

Futerfas said Erickson [the sender] was unknown to Trump Jr. or the campaign.

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