The Washington Post and New York Times have been forced to correct a key claim in their coverage of Rudy Giuliani's arrest that he received an FBI briefing warning him he was the target of a Russian disinformation campaign.
Both papers had claimed the former New York City Mayor was briefed by FBI agents that he was being used by Russia to dig up dirt on Joe Biden in the leadup to the 2020 Presidential election.
A prominent correction at the top of the Washington Post story was added on Saturday.
'An earlier version of this story, published Thursday, incorrectly reported that One America News was warned by the FBI that it was the target of a Russian influence operation.
'That version also said the FBI had provided a similar warning to Rudolph W. Giuliani, which he has since disputed.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
'This version has been corrected to remove assertions that OAN and Giuliani received the warnings,' the correction added.
The New York Times quickly followed suit, placing a retraction at the bottom of their story.
'An earlier version of this article misstated whether Rudolph W. Giuliani received a formal warning from the F.B.I. about Russian disinformation,' The Times said in its correction posted at the bottom of the story online. 'Mr. Giuliani did not receive such a so-called defensive briefing.'
Giuliani's home on Manhattan's Upper East Side was surrounded by agents at 6am on Wednesday morning, as part of an investigation into his dealings in Ukraine.
The 76-year-old slammed the raid on his home as 'illegal' and 'unconstitutional'.
Rudy Giuliani's Upper East Side apartment was raided at 6am on Wednesday as part of a DoJ probe into his links to Ukraine (file photo)
The Washington Post issued a prominent correction to its story on Giuliani receiving an FBI briefing that he was the target of a Russian disinformation campaign
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The New York Times also had to correct its story on Giuliani being warned he was the target of a disinformation campaign
The correction published on the Washington Post website on Saturday appeared at the top of their online story
The New York Times chose to place the correction at the bottom of their story
CNN media correspondent Oliver Darcy described the retractions as 'black eyes to both newsrooms'.
The two newspapers have aggressively chased connections between Giuliani and the Ukraine, focusing on the former Mayor's efforts to dig up dirt on Joe Biden in the lead-up to the 2020 Presidential election.
On Saturday, Rudy Giuliani was spotted out with his alleged girlfriend in New York City.
stepped out on Saturday in Manhattan with Maria Ryan - his rumored 56-year-old girlfriend and former alleged mistress.
Giuliani, who was wearing a face mask, was seen arriving at a café close to his apartment on the Upper East Side where he was met by Ryan.
The pair arrived in separate cars but left the café together. Giuliani appeared to be accompanied by an unidentified younger woman as he left the café.
Ryan, who stepped down as CEO of a New Hampshire hospital in December, has reportedly been dating Trump's personal lawyer since 2018.
Giuliani has previously denied allegations he had an affair with Ryan while he was still married to his third wife Judy Giuliani.
The Feds seized electronic devices from his home on the Upper East Side of Manhattan during the road on Wednesday morning
Rudy Giuliani was spotted leaving a café on the Upper East Side where he dined with his alleged girlfriend Dr Maria Ryan on Saturday
Dr Maria Ryan met Giuliani at the café after arriving there separately. The pair left in the same vehicle after emerging at different times
Ryan, who stepped down as CEO of a New Hampshire hospital in December, was spotted behind the wheel of the car as they left
Their sighting together came just days after the FBI executed a search warrant on his Manhattan home as part of an investigation into his dealings in Ukraine.
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