The man at the center of a retracted CNN story about his alleged ties to Russia told Fox News that conservative reaction to the incident was “overblown”.
Financier Anthony Scaramucci, a member of Donald Trump’s transition team, spoke to Fox & Friends on Thursday after the network spent three days attacking CNN for a story about him meeting with the chief executive of a Russian investment firm. The CNN story was eventually retracted and three employees resigned.
During the interview host Ainsley Earhardt referenced an anonymously-sourced report that Scaramucci intended to sue CNN for $100 million.
“Why was it important for you to get a lawyer, threaten them, say you might sue?” Earhardt asked.
“I think all that stuff, Ainsley, was exaggerated,” Scaramucci explained. “I had a couple of conversations with senior staff at CNN. I made it very clear to them that the story was not accurate and that it was a defamatory story. I reminded them about my legal background.”
“And so it’s clearly not true and needed to be retracted,” he added. “But I didn’t go and sue them or anything like that. I think that got a little bit overblown to be honest.”
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‘Bootlicker’ Jim Jordan scorched by veteran Ohio journalist: ‘His life’s work is to besmirch everything America stands for’
A veteran Cleveland newsman scalded Rep. Jim Jordan and the Ohio lawmakers who inflicted him on Congress with a partisan gerrymandering scheme.
Brent Larkin, editorial director of The Plain Dealer from 1991 until he retired in 2009, called his congressman the "second most contemptible human being in the entire U.S. government," and said Ohio Democrats were as much to blame for him as GOP legislators.
"When Ohio’s political and legislative leaders were drawing new congressional boundaries prior to the 2012 election, Democrats wanted a district that would protect U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge," Larkin wrote. "Republicans wanted districts that would elect the maximum number of GOP congressmen. And some people from both parties wanted a district that would likely lead to the defeat of longtime Cleveland Rep. Dennis Kucinich."
The ultimate damning timeline: NBC reporter explains how the Trump-Ukraine scandal is a ‘simple story’
Even though the impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump may seem complicated, the story they tell is actually relatively straightforward.
NBC News reporter Mark Murray on Friday created a succinct timeline of events that he says "tells a simple a story" about what the president did that has him facing articles of impeachment in the House of Representatives.
First, says Murray, look at a New York Times report from this past May in which Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani admits that he is traveling to Ukraine to press for investigations that would be "very, very helpful to my client." These investigations included a probe of the work Hunter Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden, did for Ukrainian company Burisma.
Don’t quit now, Democrats: Wrapping up impeachment early is the dumbest idea ever
Over the past two weeks of marathon testimony in the House impeachment inquiry, it can no longer be disputed that President Trump, his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and members of his administration engaged in a plot to bribe or extort Ukraine into helping the president smear his domestic political opponents. Witness after witness testified to what they saw and the conclusion was inescapable: The president broke the law and abused his power.
This article first appeared in Salon.