CNN corrects report about Trump campaign and Wikileaks tip

Michele Moreno
December 10, 2017

The missive - which is now in the hands of congressional investigators - was sent two months after WikiLeaks published hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee, and a month before it began releasing emails swiped from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the email was dated September 4, 2016, instead of September 14, 2016.

Friday's story had initially said that the email was sent to Trump and campaign officials on September 4, 2016.

The President of the UA took to Twitter on Saturday to blast the CNN news network for an erroneous report concerning one of his sons and when he knew about sensitive Democratic Party e-mails made public by WikiLeaks.

A CNN spokesperson said there will not be disciplinary action in this case because the reporters followed CNN's editorial standards process, which requires review and approval of the use of anonymous sources. It was also the lead story on its homepage for much of Friday morning and into the afternoon.

"The new information indicates that the communication is less significant than CNN initially reported", the broadcaster admits. At 3:45 p.m., CNN corrected the report. But the copy of the email obtained by AP shows it was sent afterward.

CNN corrected its story at 3:45 p.m. ET. But the network made a serious mistake in the reporting, turning a potential bombshell story into a dud.

Both Raju and Herb declined to comment through a spokesperson. The story also changed the headline and removed a tweet from Donald Trump Jr., who posted a message about WikiLeaks on September 4, 2016. "Their slogan should be CNN, THE LEAST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS!"

And then CNN apologized just a little while ago.

Friday's correction is not the first high-profile error in recent memory for CNN.

Congressional investigators are uncertain who the person is and CNN was unable to contact the individual.

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.

Earlier this month, ABC's Ross was suspended without pay for four weeks after his incorrect report on former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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