Trump Blasts 'The Press'; 'In Six Years, They All go BUST!"

By Susan Jones | February 20, 2019 | 8:08am EST

( - President Trump, apparently reacting to a New York Times report published Wednesday, tweeted:

The Press has never been more dishonest than it is today. Stories are written that have absolutely no basis in fact. The writers don’t even call asking for verification. They are totally out of control. Sadly, I kept many of them in business. In six years, they all go BUST!

And in a second Wednesday morning tweet, the president cheered on Nick Sandman, the Covington Catholic High School student, who is suing the Washington Post for $250 million for practicing what the lawsuit calls "a modern-day form of McCarthyism."

Trump tweeted:

"The Washington Post ignored basic journalistic standards because it wanted to advance its well-known and easily documented biased agenda against President Donald J. Trump.” Covington student suing WAPO. Go get them Nick. Fake News!

On Wednesday, The New York Times reported on what it describes as Trump's many attempts to shape, discredit or stymie the various inquiries into himself and his campaign.

The report is titled: "Intimidation, Pressure and Humiliation: Inside Trump’s Two-Year War on the Investigations Encircling Him."

The report details what the newspaper calls a "sustained" and "secretive assault" by President Trump "on the machinery of federal law enforcement."

"Interviews with dozens of current and former government officials and others close to Mr. Trump, as well as a review of confidential White House documents, reveal numerous unreported episodes in a two-year drama," the newspaper said.

"The story of Mr. Trump’s attempts to defang the investigations has been voluminously covered in the news media, to such a degree that many Americans have lost track of how unusual his behavior is," the New York Times said.

"But fusing the strands reveals an extraordinary story of a president who has attacked the law enforcement apparatus of his own government like no other president in history, and who has turned the effort into an obsession. Mr. Trump has done it with the same tactics he once used in his business empire: demanding fierce loyalty from employees, applying pressure tactics to keep people in line and protecting the brand — himself — at all costs."

The newspaper is making the case that Trump has tried to obstruct justice in connection with the Michael Cohen probe; the Russia probe; and the ongoing Mueller investigation.

As evidence, the newspaper points to Trump's public criticism of "dozens of people and groups related to federal inquiries into contacts between his campaign and Russia."

It also mentions allegations that Trump tried to put a perceived ally in charge of at least one criminal investigation -- the one that the Southern District of New York is conducting into former Trump attorney Michael Cohen.

On Wednesday morning, the president refuted the report, tweeting: "The New York Times reporting is false. They are a true ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!"

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