Apology not accepted.
Eric Trump vows the Trump Organization will take legal action against MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell after the host promoted an unverified story about the president.
The uncorroborated report breathlessly regurgitated by O’Donnell claimed that President Trump had loans co-signed by Russian oligarchs.
Fox News’ Liam Quinn reports:
This was a reckless attempt to slander our family and smear a great company. Apologies are not enough when the true intent was solely to damage and cause harm. As a company, we will be taking legal action. This unethical behavior has to stop. @Lawrence @MSNBC https://t.co/i4X6CcdkCm
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) August 29, 2019
The threat of legal action came after the MSNBC host apologized earlier in the evening for what he called an “error in judgment” during his show on Tuesday night.
Last night I made an error in judgment by reporting an item about the president’s finances that didn’t go through our rigorous verification and standards process. I shouldn’t have reported it and I was wrong to discuss it on the air. I will address the issue on my show tonight.
— Lawrence O’Donnell (@Lawrence) August 28, 2019
The liberal host’s mea culpa came just hours after the president’s legal team sent a harshly worded letter to NBC on Wednesday demanding an apology and retraction for what it called “false and defamatory, and extremely damaging” comments.
The letter, obtained by Fox News, was sent by Trump’s legal counsel to NBC Universal executives.
The letter, written by Charles J. Harder, asked for NBC to confirm in 24 hours: “O’Donnell and NBCU will immediately and prominently retract, correct and apologize for the aforementioned false and defamatory statements.”
According to the letter, non-compliance would leave no alternative but consider legal action against O’Donnell and NBCUniversal.