Trump faces furious backlash after attacking freedom of the press: ‘It’s in the Constitution — that thing you never read’

Trump faces furious backlash after attacking freedom of the press: ‘It’s in the Constitution — that thing you never read’
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In a single tweet, President Donald Trump attacked the constitutional right to a free press and possibly confirmed he asked the attorney general to lie for him.


The president angrily disputed a report that he asked Attorney General William Barr to declare he’d done nothing illegal in his phone call to Ukraine’s president, but he then disputed that Barr had declined his request to publicly discuss the call.

“Bill Barr did not decline my request to talk about Ukraine,” Trump tweeted.

He then attacked the First Amendment to defend himself against an impeachment inquiry.

“The story was a Fake Washington Post con job with an ‘anonymous’ source that doesn’t exist,” Trump added. “Just read the Transcript. The Justice Department already ruled that the call was good. We don’t have freedom of the press!”

The tweet prompted furious pushback from other social media users.

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