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GOP Operatives Have Begun Campaign to Discredit Reporters Working on Trump Jr. Story

At the end of a crazy news day centered on the release of Donald Trump Jr’s emails confirming that he arranged a meeting with a Russian attorney in order to receive dirt on Hillary Clinton from the Russian government, both the Washington Post and New York Times published reports detailing the chaos and anger gripping the White House right now.

While the Times detailed the frustration building between President Donald Trump’s and his team of private lawyers hired to handle the Russia matter, the Post had their own juicy tidbit about one plan some folks close to the administration are looking to put into place to fight the damaging reports.

A handful of Republican operatives close to the White House are scrambling to Trump Jr.’s defense and have begun what could be an extensive campaign to try to discredit some of the journalists who have been reporting on the matter.

Their plan, as one member of the team described it, is to research the reporters’ previous work, in some cases going back years, and to exploit any mistakes or perceived biases. They intend to demand corrections, trumpet errors on social media and feed them to conservative outlets, such as Fox News.

Yep. Apparently, some GOP operatives are looking to gather some unflattering info about the reporters at the Times and other outlets who have been reporting on this story and then use Fox News to deliver the message.

However, as the Post pointed out, at least one adviser told them that it seemed pointless and would end up not working because Trump Jr.s “meeting happened” and it’s difficult to “go to war with facts.”

The paper also reported that some within the president’s inner circle, notably his wife, daughter and son-in-law, are pushing Trump to fire some staff members, specifically Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. Of course, this isn’t the first time Priebus has been rumored be on the chopping block.

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