NBC News is in full damage control mode after they published an incorrect report concerning a conversation between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In a report and subsequent tweet, NBC News said the two presidents discussed the possibility of former White House counsel Don McGhan testifying before Congress.
The testimony was not discussed by Trump and Putin, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders clarified.
The media outlet was forced to issue an “embarrassing correction,” Twitchy reports.
Check it out, via the Daily Caller:
The network claimed press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters that Trump told Putin about White House counsel Don McGahn potentially testifying in front of Congress.
Sanders broke news of the phone call between the two presidents during a press gaggle Friday morning. She said Trump and Putin discussed nuclear agreements, trade, North Korea, Ukraine and Venezuela.
She also answered a separate question about whether McGahn would testify in front of Congress. Such has become a possibility since he was involved in one of the 10 instances in the Mueller report for which a case can be made for obstruction of justice.
Here’s more, from the Daily Caller:
NBC News’ initial report on Trump’s phone with Putin claimed that the two of them discussed the possibility of McGahn testifying.
“An earlier version of this article incorrectly included one topic that White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Presidents Trump and Putin discussed on Friday,” NBC News’ correction reads. “They did not discuss the possibility of former White House counsel Don McGahn appearing before Congress. Sanders was answering a question from reporters about whether McGahn would testify before Congress.”
Other outlets and reporters who pushed the NBC News piece were forced to retract their own statements:
USA Today reports President Trump does not want McGahn to testify to Congress as he believes the Democratic-majority in the House is “highly partisan” and will continue to act politically.
Trump said he believes Special Counsel Robert Mueller—who interviewed McGahn alongside other former and current White House aides and associates—and concluded there was no collusion or obstruction of justice.
Barr, in a summary of Mueller’s report, said he and the deputy attorney general concluded that Trump’s actions did not constitute obstruction of justice. Barr, who on Wednesday testified on Capitol Hill, stood by his summary of the Russia probe report, despite Mueller’s recently revealed rebuke of the attorney general’s characterization on the issue of obstruction of justice.
Trump has hinted that he intended to block aides — both current and former — from testifying before Congress, saying last month that the White House was looking into invoking executive privilege to block such testimony.
In an interview with the Washington Post last month, Trump said the investigations led by Democrats in the House are unnecessary given the results of Mueller’s report.
“There is no reason to go any further, and especially in Congress where it’s very partisan — obviously very partisan,” Trump told the Post. “I don’t want people testifying to a party, because that is what they’re doing if they do this.”
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