ABC reports that an anonymous ‘confidante’ said Flynn is ready to testify “against President Trump.”
Update: December 1, 2017
In a statement Saturday, the network said “the reporting conveyed by Brian Ross during the special report had not been fully vetted through our editorial standards process,” calling the erroneous report a “serious error.”
“As a result of our continued reporting over the next several hours ultimately we determined the information was wrong and we corrected the mistake on air and online,” ABC said. “It is vital we get the story right and retain the trust we have built with our audience — these are our core principles. We fell far short of that yesterday. Effective immediately, Brian Ross will be suspended for four weeks without pay.”
— ABC News (@ABC) December 2, 2017
Friday on ABC’s “World News Tonight,” network investigative reporter Brian Ross backtracked on his initial report claiming former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had promised “full cooperation” with special counsel Robert Mueller and was prepared to testify that “candidate” Donald Trump “directed him to make contact with the Russians.”
Ross told “World News” anchor David Muir it was not candidate Trump, but President-elect Trump that instructed him to reach out to Russia.
“A clarification tonight on something one of Flynn’s confidants told us, and we reported earlier today. He said the President had asked Flynn to contact Russia during the campaign. He’s now clarifying that saying according to Flynn, candidate Trump asked him during the campaign to find ways to repair relations with Russia and other hot spots, and then after the election, the President-elect asked him, told him to contact Russia on issues, including working together to fight ISIS.”
ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross reported on Friday that he was told by a confidante that Michael Flynn is ready to testify “against President Trump,” and that then-candidate Trump ordered him to make contact with the Russians.
“He has promised full cooperation to the Mueller team. He’s prepared to testify, we are told by a confidante, against President Trump, against members of the Trump family, and others in the White House. He is prepared to testify that President Trump, as a candidate…ordered him and directed him to make contact with the Russians, which contradicts all that Donald Trump has said at this point.”
Ross added that he was told Flynn only made the decision to cooperate in the last 24 hours, and did so in the face of mounting legal bills, Breitbart reports.
The response on Twitter was in support of President Trump, many believing the only offense was Flynn lying to the FBI.
Can someone actually help me understand why making contact with foreign leaders is criminal? Does it not depend entirely upon the content? (Yes, lying to the FBI is, no question.) Don’t many presidential nominees contact foreign leaders?
— stevemur (@stevemur) December 1, 2017