When news broke that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn reportedly promised Special Counsel Robert Mueller “full cooperation,” and ABC News was first to report that he was also planning on testifying that then-candidate Donald Trump ordered him to reach out to Russians during the campaign, it caused a firestorm.
Many claimed this was good evidence that then-candidate Trump colluded with Russia in order to win the 2016 presidential election. ABC News’s tweet on their scoop, which has since been deleted, went viral:
The reason why it has been deleted is because they issued the following correction eight hours later— and it’s a massive change from what they originally reported:
CORRECTION of ABC News Special Report: Flynn prepared to testify that President-elect Donald Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians *during the transition* — initially as a way to work together to fight ISIS in Syria, confidant now says. https://t.co/ewrkVZTu2K pic.twitter.com/URLiHf3uSm
— ABC News (@ABC) December 2, 2017
In short, Flynn was ordered to make contact with the Russians after Trump won the election when he was president-elect. According to ABC News now, Flynn was told to see if the United States could work with Russia in order to fight ISIS, among other issues.
The correction changes certain ideas that many were originally hyping up.