The personal attorney for Donald Trump warned executives at NBCUniversal that legal proceedings could be pursued over a comment by MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, The Hollywood Reporter’s THR, Esq., reports.
The story reports that Trump attorney Charles Harder “threatened NBCUniversal with a defamation suit” over a comment on Tuesday night’s telecast of “The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell.” A demand letter from Harder also reportedly is concerned with a tweet from O’Donnell, which you can see below.
THR quotes Harder’s demand letter saying: “The Program and Tweet make the false and defamatory statements that ‘Russian oligarchs’ co-signed loans provided to Mr. Trump by Deutsche Bank, and described these ‘co-signers’ as ‘Russian billionaires close to Vladimir Putin.’”
O’Donnell followed up today with a tweet admitting he had erred. He wrote: “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.”
THR adds: “Trump is certainly notorious for defamation threats, but this may be the first formal one from a sitting president. Should Trump actually pursue a defamation suit and it survived any initial First Amendment challenge, he’d subject himself to a discovery process months after the conclusion of the investigation by Robert Mueller — which Trump repeatedly characterized as a ‘witch hunt.'”