Earlier this week, Trump Jr. spent almost eight hours testifying in a closed session before members of the House Intelligence Committee about a January 2016 meeting at Trump Tower and his communications with WikiLeaks, as part of an ongoing probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election in the US. He also tweeted that CNN's "democratic sources" are trying to push a false narrative. He also wondered if the network would punish the reporters involved while referencing ABC News' Brian Ross, who was recently suspended for his own botched reporting.
"Candidate Donald Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr. and others in the Trump Organization received an email in September 2016 offering a decryption key and website address for hacked WikiLeaks documents, according to an email provided to congressional", the report said. The new details appear to show that the sender was relying on publicly available information.
The implication, of course, is that the email was another bit of evidence that the Trump campaign was secretly in cahoots with Wikileaks during the election. A network spokesperson said that as soon as the network had reviewed its reporting and independently confirmed that the story was wrong, it moved to correct it. CBS News also corrected its story.
"I won't hold my breath for an apology, or for you to call out your puppet masters on the left that fed you BS knowing you would gleefully run with it without ever checking the other side", Trump Jr.
After the story was published, The Washington Post obtained a copy of the email, which was actually sent to the Trump team on September 14, 2016, not September 4, a day after the documents were made public.
"The new information indicates that the communication is less significant than CNN initially reported", the broadcaster admits.
"Fake News CNN made a vicious and purposeful mistake yesterday. We're going to speak the truth", Trump said during a Friday night rally in Florida. CNN said no disciplinary action would be taken since Raju and Herb had followed editorial guidelines before correcting the error. "Their slogan should be CNN, THE LEAST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS!" the President tweeted Saturday.
Trump Jr. may very well have resisted numerous approaches made to him by WikiLeaks. She tweeted on Friday, and pointed out the mainstream media outlet wrongly portrayed Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah.