Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is catching major heat after she tweeted fake news about Donald Trump Jr. being the “second executive involved in criminal conspiracy,” a misstatement by Michael Cohen that the Wall Street Journal corrected shortly after it happened.
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted: “In Case You Missed It: Rep. Khanna got Cohen to testify that Don Jr. is the “second executive involved in criminal conspiracy.””
ICYMI: Rep. Khanna got Cohen to testify that Don Jr. is the “second executive involved in criminal conspiracy.”
His line of questioning was a very big deal. (He also happens to be a progressive Rep that rejects corporate money!)
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 1, 2019
Except as the Wall Street Journal reported hours after Cohen’s Wednesday testimony: “Cohen Erroneously Identifies Donald Trump Jr. as Executive Cited by Federal Prosecutors.“
In the afternoon session, Mr. Cohen identified the president’s son, apparently incorrectly, as an unnamed Trump Organization executive referenced in the charging documents filed against him by federal prosecutors in New York.
The executives were referenced in connection with the plan to reimburse Mr. Cohen for the payment to Stormy Daniels. In the charging document, federal prosecutors said the first executive, Mr. Weisselberg, forwarded an invoice from Mr. Cohen to the second executive, and it was approved.
The Journal has previously identified “Executive-1” as Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg. Mr. Cohen testified today that “Executive-2” in the charging document was Donald Trump Jr.
However, according to people familiar with the matter, the second executive was Trump Organization controller Jeffrey McConney, not the president’s son. Mr. McConney previously referred requests for comment by the Journal to a Trump organization representative, who declined to comment. –WSJ
Any other factually inaccurate testimony that you want to highlight? https://t.co/Q6Xt4IxYW5
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) March 1, 2019
Huge mistake by @AOC social media staffer today posting accusations without evidence that were fully debunked 3 days ago pic.twitter.com/GGArWwreUV
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) March 1, 2019
Except shockingly, you’re lying. Cohen’s claims about Don Jr. here were 100% inaccurate as the Wall Street Journal correctly reported. https://t.co/ZTSY2toA5S
— Andrew Surabian (@Surabees) March 1, 2019
It appears AOC owes Don Jr. an apology.