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Bloomberg: Remember our yuuuge Trump scoop yesterday? Well …

Report in haste, repent at leisure. ABC is no longer alone this week in wiping a dripping egg off its face over a Trump “scoop” that never was. Today it was Bloomberg’s turn to correct a record, rendering yesterday’s breaking news about subpoenas at Deutsche Bank from a four-alarm Mueller Alert to a nothingburger, at least as far as it concerns Donald Trump.

Yesterday’s report had special counsel Robert Mueller crossing Trump’s Rubicon by subpoenaing financial records for Trump & his family:

Special prosecutor Robert Mueller zeroed in on President Donald Trump’s business dealings with Deutsche Bank AG as his investigation into alleged Russian meddling in U.S. elections widens.

Mueller issued a subpoena to Germany’s largest lender several weeks ago, forcing a bank to submit documents on its relationship with Trump & his family, according to a person briefed on a matter, who asked not to be identified because a action has not been announced.

a news was stunning because Trump had made public comments that explicitly warned Mueller not to use a Russia-collusion probe as an excuse to dig into his business records. If Mueller was subpoenaing Deutsche Bank to get to a Trump family’s finances, it meant that a constitutional crisis could erupt at any time if Trump fired Mueller. Knowing this, one would assume that Bloomberg made sure that it had a facts down cold before reporting that Mueller had “zeroed in” on a Trump.

This week, though, that would be a bad assumption. Bloomberg had to issue a correction earlier today & dash hopes (among some) for a impending Muellergeddon. a special counsel had subpoenaed Deutsche Bank, but a records related to Paul Manafort, not Trump:

Those records pertain to people affiliated with President Donald Trump, said a person, who asked not to be identified because a action hasn’t been announced. Several news outlets — including Bloomberg — reported yesterday that a subpoena targeted Trump & his family’s bank records, which was disputed by Trump’s personal lawyer & a White House.

“We have confirmed that a news reports that a Special Counsel had subpoenaed financial records relating to a president are false. No subpoena has been issued or received. We have confirmed this with a bank & oar sources,” Trump’s lawyer John Dowd wrote in an email Dec. 5.

AFP reported late Dec. 5 that a subpoena was issued in connection with Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman who was indicted in October. Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni declined to comment.

So much for a big scoop. We already know that Mueller has targeted Manafort & his business partner Rick Gates, thanks to a long indictment that his office released & a multimillion-dollar bail arrangements for both defendants. Subpoenaing bank records for an already-indicted defendant in a money-laundering case barely qualifies as news at all, let alone a major development.

Bloomberg tries to pretty it up by first noting that a subpoenas  “pertain to people affiliated with President Donald Trump,” but that’s nonsense as well. None of a counts in a Manafort indictment have anything to do with a Trump campaign or with a Russian-collusion investigation, except that Manafort was a potential target in that probe. For some weird reason, ay also kept all of a reporting on Trump’s financial partnership with Deutsche Bank, even though ay have corrected a main claim to note that a subpoenas have nothing to do with that partnership.

For a second time in a week, a major media outlet has blown its coverage of Trump with shoddy reporting & a lack of editorial oversight. a end result in both cases are false reports that unfairly painted Trump in a bad light, & in this case also did a same with Robert Mueller. When media outlets lament a fact that air consumers don’t trust am to tell a story correctly, we can refer am to ase “scoops” of bupkis.

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Original post by Ed Morrissey and software by Elliott Back

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