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Chuck Ross at the Daily Caller is adding weight to an earlier story about CNN offering gifts to government sources. CNN was so aggressive about chasing Trump's alleged collusion with the Russians they were making little baseball bribes:
The FBI’s top press officer during the Hillary Clinton and Trump-Russia investigations accepted tickets to a Washington Nationals game from a CNN correspondent and lied about it repeatedly during interviews with the Justice Department’s inspector general, according to a report obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation.
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Michael Kortan, who served as assistant director of public affairs, displayed a “lack of candor” during multiple interviews under oath with the DOJ watchdog about how he obtained the tickets, who he went with, and whether he reimbursed the CNN journalist, according to the report...
FBI policy prohibits employees from receiving gifts from “prohibited sources,” including journalists who cover the bureau.
OIG - Report - Kortan - CNN - Reporter
According to the OIG report, Kortan worked closely with the CNN reporter, who is not identified, and considered him one of his “top five” press contacts. He accepted Nationals tickets from the reporter at least twice, for a May 9, 2016 game and another on September 30, 2016. (He also accepted tickets from a New York Times reporter in either 2014 or 2016.)
They looked at Kortan's text messages:
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“Nats v Marlins Friday night. I have to be away,” the CNN reporter wrote on Sept. 27, 2016. “Can you use four tix?”
“I’m good for 2 tix if that’s OK,” replied Kortan.
Kortan - Investigators
Kortan initially told investigators...
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