BREAKING NEWS – New York City, New York – MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell kicked off his show Wednesday night by apologizing for running an unverified report that directly tied President Trump’s finances to Russia, which he retracted. “Last night on this show, I discussed information that wasn’t ready for reporting,” O’Donnell said. “I repeated statements a single source told me about the president’s finances and loan documents with Deutsche Bank saying ‘if true’– as I discussed the information– was simply not good enough. I did not go through the rigorous verification and standards process here at MSNBC before repeating what I heard from my source. Had it gone through that process, I would not have been permitted to report it. I should not have said it on-air or post it on Twitter. I was wrong to do so, but I wasn’t the only person that was wrong. Rachel Maddow was wrong for displaying an expression which reflected that she knew I had fabricated the story, and in my opinion, that shows disloyalty to the MSNBC team. President Trump was wrong for threatening legal action against me. Literally every host, guest, and contributor on this network, lies on Trump daily, yet he chose to single me out. So, if I get sued by the president for my bogus story, I will countersue for discrimination.”