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Trump Calls For Senate To Investigate News Networks

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In an early morning tweet, President Donald Trump called for the Senate Intelligence Committee to investigate news networks for reporting "fake news."

"Why Isn't the Senate Intel Committee looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much of our news is just made up-FAKE!" the president tweeted on Oct. 5.

Trump's tweet came one day after a report by NBC News that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had called the president a "moron" and threatened to resign. 

After NBC News published its story, the president hit back with a series of tweets insulting the network and calling the story completely false:

Wow, so many Fake News stories today. No matter what I do or say, they will not write or speak truth. The Fake News Media is out of control!

NBC news is #FakeNews and more dishonest than even CNN. They are a disgrace to good reporting. No wonder their news ratings are way down!

The [NBC News] story has just been totally refuted by Sec. Tillerson and [Vice President Mike Pence]. It is #FakeNews. They should issue an apology to AMERICA!

After calling for an investigation, Trump followed up with another tweet bashing NBC News and the story. 

"Rex Tillerson never threatened to resign. This is Fake News put out by [NBC News]. Low news and reporting standards. No verification from me," he tweeted.

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The Senate Intelligence Committee is currently investigating Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. 

On Oct. 4, the top members of the committee announced their investigation would continue and that no conclusion had been reached on allegations of collusion, according to CNN. 

After Trump's Oct. 5 tweet, Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, the committee's chairman, told CNN he would be holding news organizations "accountable" for false reporting on the Russia investigation. 

Burr specified that the panel was not investigating news organizations, but "holding them accountable for what they say with no sources to substantiate the facts," according to CNN. 

"It will be the news organizations that covered it somewhere differently that will be the ones with egg on their face," Burr told CNN. "So I'm very, very confident that we'll lay it out there in a way that the American people will tell who was covering this factually and who was sensationalizing the coverage."

The vice chairman of the intelligence committee, Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, told CNN he had "no reaction" to Trump's call for an investigation.

Sources: Donald J. Trump/Twitter, NBC News, CNN / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/FlickrAndrew Harnik/AP via The Washington Post

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