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Shep Smith pummels Trump for ‘belittling and delegitimizing’ CNN’s Jim Acosta

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Fox News host Shep Smith defended CNN’s Jim Acosta against Donald Trump, arguing no “journalist should be subjected to belittling an delegitimizing by the president-elect of the United States.”

At a news conference Wednesday, Trump tore into Acosta over an explosive report CNN published Tuesday alleging ties between the former Trump campaign and intermediaries in the Russian government, charging him with reporting “fake news” and refusing to answer Acosta’s question. According to Acosta White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer threatened to expel him from the press conference for his line of questioning.

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“President-elect Trump today told CNN’s Jim Acosta that his organization amounts to fake news,” Smith said. “CNN’s exclusive reporting on the Russian matter was separate, and distinctly different from the document dump executed by an online news property,” he added, referring to the salacious and uncorroborated report published Tuesday by BuzzFeed.

“Though we at Fox News cannot confirm CNN’s report, it is our observation that its correspondents followed journalistic standards, and that neither they nor any other journalist should be subjected to belittling and delegitimizing by the president-elect of the United States,” Smith continued.

Despite the distinction between CNN’s reporting that Russian operatives claim to possess information about the president-elect and BuzzFeed’s publishing of an unsubstantiated dossier on the incoming administration, Trump seemed to conflate the two at Wednesday’s press conference, denouncing any alleged connections between himself and Russia as “fake news.”

“It’s all fake news, it’s phony stuff,” Trump said. “It didn’t happen. And it was gotten by opponents of ours, as you know.”

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“It was a group of opponents that got together—sick people—and they put that crap together,” he added later saying, “I think it’s an absolute disgrace.” The president-elect also took to Twitter to rail against BuzzFeed, “fake news” and U.S. intelligence agencies, while citing Russia’s insistence that the reports are a “total fabrication”:

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Smith scolded Trump for “essentially [escalating] his own war with our intelligence services, likening their actions to those of the Nazis.”

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Rudy Giuliani’s bank records part of investigation by federal prosecutors: report

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On Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported that President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani is having his banking records scrutinized as part of the federal criminal investigation into his dealings in the Ukraine.

The report says that prosecutors are also looking into his work for a city mayor in the country.

Giuliani has been a central figure in Trump's apparent scheme to extort the Ukrainian president into helping him dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, holding military aid appropriated by Congress hostage until the country investigates "corruption."

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Police officer sues Ava Duvernay for depiction of interrogation technique used on the Central Park Five

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National Enquirer and AMI shredded ‘sensitive Trump-related documents’ hidden in a safe right before he was elected: report

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President Donald Trump's foreign election interference in the 2020 election may soon be eclipsed by his a renewed focus into his 2016 campaign after a bombshell revelation in a new book by journalist Ronan Farrow.

"American Media, Inc. and the National Enquirer shredded sensitive Donald Trump-related documents that had been held in a top-secret safe right before Trump was elected in 2016, according to fresh allegations made in a new book by journalist Ronan Farrow," Politico reported Monday.

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