CNN Made 'Vicious and Purposeful Mistake' With Botched WikiLeaks Report

Casey Dawson
December 10, 2017

He pointed out that the information in the email had already been publicly disclosed and said that the committee knows this and knows that Trump Jr. did not respond to Erickson because it was "all discussed during the interview".

The email, first reported by CNN, offered a decryption key and a website address to access the documents, the officials said. 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. In a tweet Friday afternoon, Trump Jr. chided CNN for not immediately correcting its report.

In a tweet Saturday, the president also criticized ABC News and reporter Brian Ross for a recent, incorrect story that Trump, as a candidate in the 2016 White House race, had illegally instructed campaign member Mike Flynn to make contact with Russian Federation, in an apparent attempt to help defeat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

That report, which ABC News has said was not fully vetted through its editorial standards process, was later corrected to say that Flynn was prepared to testify the instruction came while Trump was president-elect. The sender thought he had obtained then-candidate Trump's email.

An email that was sent to then-candidate Donald Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr.in September 2016 pointed them to hacked WikiLeaks documents that had already been made public, according to a copy of the email provided to NBC News by Trump Jr.'s lawyer.

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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.

Just one month before, the hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee server were released. The panel's interview with Trump Jr. was supposed to be private.

Futerfas went on to accuse committee members of planting stories about Trump Jr's interview while the interview was in progress. "They should have fired him for what he wrote", Trump said. It arrived about a week before WikiLeaks itself messaged Trump Jr. and began an exchange of direct messages on Twitter. Instead of offering an unpublished preview of Wikileaks documents, the email was actually sent after the Wikileaks documents it contained had already gone live.

President Trump also attacked CNN for the wrongful coverage as he attended a rally in Pensacola, Florida, late Friday.

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