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Lawyers for President Donald Trump wasted no time firing off a demand letter after MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell on Tuesday night made allegedly “false and defamatory statements that ‘Russian oligarchs’ co-signed loans provided to Mr. Trump by Deutsche Bank, and described these ‘co-signers’ as ‘Russian billionaires close to Vladimir Putin.’”

“If true, that explains every kind word Trump has ever said about Russia and Putin,” O’Donnell wrote in a follow-up tweet.

Media law ace Charles Harder of L.A.-based Harder LLP demanded a retraction, correction and apology, asserting that the statements were made with actual malice and reckless disregard for the truth.

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Jenna Greene

Jenna Greene is editor of The Litigation Daily and author of the "Daily Dicta" column. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and can be reached at [email protected].

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