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Rupert Murdoch asked Trump to have US intelligence investigate whether his ex-wife was a Chinese spy: report

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According to Vanity Fair reporter Gabriel Sherman, former Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch asked President Donald Trump to use U.S. resources to investigate his former wife.

Sherman cited the recent expose on Fox News. Speaking to MSNBC host Chris Hayes, Sherman knocked Fox News for attacking The New Yorker’s reporting on the story.

“Can we revel in the fact that a Fox News producer is saying a story doesn’t pass muster on a network that spews misinformation and lies every day,” Sherman said. “That shows you the lengths they went to cover up to help Donald Trump win. We knew in 2016 there was an alliance after Trump got the Republican nomination that Fox News was going to become what ultimately became state TV. That’s what the audience wants. They were beholden to the Trump base, which formed basically the entire Fox News audience. They had no power, even if they wanted to break with Donald Trump, that would be game over for their business.”

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He went on to say that this had nothing to do with politics, but instead it was about a large business having a powerful relationship with the president of the United States.

“The Democratic Congress might want to find out what favors did the Murdoch family get because of this access,” Sherman said. “I’ve reported in the past that Trump asked Rupert Murdoch to submit names for the S.E.C. Chairman. In fact, Rupert Murdoch reached out to Donald Trump and asked if his ex-wife, Wendy Murdoch, was a Chinese spy. Trump talked to the intelligence agencies about her connections to the Chinese government.”

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