The Washington Post executive editor released a statement this morning standing by a story published early this month outing Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn over his contacts with Russian state operatives.
During his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) today, President Trump denigrated the important piece of investigative journalism the Post had published citing nine informed sources who confirmed Flynn’s suspicious contacts.
“There are no nine people. I don’t believe there was one or two people. And I said, ‘Give me a break,’ because I know the people. I know who they talk to. There were no nine people. But they say nine people. And somebody reads it and they think, ‘Oh, nine people, they have nine sources.’ They make up sources. They’re very dishonest people.”
Executive Editor Marty Baron quickly released a statement countering Trump’s remarks:
“Everything we published regarding Gen. Flynn was true, as confirmed by subsequent events and on-the-record statements from administration officials themselves. The story led directly to the general’s dismissal as national security adviser. Calling press reports fake doesn’t make them so.”
Just as Trump finishes at CPAC, WaPo Executive Editor Marty Baron releases statement standing by nine-source story: pic.twitter.com/iS1Gar0PIe
— ErikWemple (@ErikWemple) February 24, 2017
Flynn resigned in disgrace just four days after the Washington Post‘s article ran and will probably face official investigations.
Trump’s claims are absolutely absurd. If the Post had not uncovered any serious allegations that could be substantiated, Flynn would have ridden out the storm. If he had nothing to hide, he would not have lied to Vice President Mike Pence and repeatedly changed his story about his contacts with Russia.
The Post‘s scathing statement has once again outed Trump as the inept liar he is.
Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.