DONALD Trump has accused CNN of "breaking the law" after an employee was caught on camera admitting the network wanted him gone.
The former president raged after the comments by technical director Charlie Chester were revealed in secret recordings by right-wing activist group Project Veritas.
Chester met the undercover reporter through a dating app and he was filmed discussing the network's approach and enthusing about its dislike for Trump.
Speaking on Fox News to Sean Hannity, Trump was asked about the clip – describing the conservative group's work as "incredible".
"That is a campaign violation," Trump said.
"What they are doing is a massive campaign violation. When you look at what they did."
It is unclear if CNN have broken any laws or committed any campaign violations.
Trump has waged a longstanding war on the news media and social media companies – who he complains were always against him and biased towards Democrats.
The 74-year-old was banned from platforms such as Twitter and Facebook after he was accused of inciting the violent Capitol insurrection on January 6.
And he moaned that Twitter without him is now "boring" as the social media company was accused of "protecting" CNN.
Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe was permanently banned from the site on April 15 after the clandestine video was released of Chester.
What they are doing is a massive campaign violation
O'Keefe, 36, has now vowed to sue the tech giant after it accused him of operating fake accounts.
Project Veritas boasts that its sting operation on Chester proves the network is biased – and its secret footage was jumped open by a number of Republicans.
However, the organization – which styles itself as a media watchdog – has been accused of spreading disinformation and conspiracy theories, using entrapment, and heavily editing footage.
Trump said: "[Social media companies] have to be strong and can't be dominated by Amazon, Google and people that could take them off the air right away.
"You do need antitrust. You have to do something about it."
"With all of the things you said, look, the Democrats lie, cheat and steal. They are vicious."
Twitter said on April 15 that the platform suspended O'Keefe "for violating the Twitter Rules on manipulation and spam".
"As outlined in our policy on platform manipulation and spam, 'You can't mislead others on Twitter by operating fake accounts,' and 'you can't artificially amplify or disrupt conversations through the use of multiple accounts'," it said.
O'Keefe responded by promising to sue the company, with Donald Trump Jr also rushing to his defense – accusing Twitter of protecting CNN.
"I am suing Twitter for defamation because they said I, James O'Keefe, 'operated fake accounts.", he said.
"This is false, this is defamatory, and they will pay. Section 230 may have protected them before, but it will not protect them from me."
In the covert footage taken on a Tinder date, Chester bragged about how the network helped defeat Trump.
He said: "Look at what we did, we got Trump out. I am 100 per cent going to say it. And I 100 per cent believe it that if it wasn't for CNN, I don't know that Trump would have got voted out.
"I came to CNN because I wanted to be a part of that. Like our focus was to get Trump out of office, right?
During his presidency, Trump regularly accused CNN of propagating "fake news".
And as he made unproven allegations that the vote had been rigged, he claimed there was “historic election interference from big media”.
He described the network as using "propaganda" – and gave examples of the network focusing on Trump's health while trying to show shots of Biden out jogging.
Chester operates video editing equipment for the cable network, where he has worked since 2018, according to his now-deleted LinkedIn bio.
But is unlikely that he would have had editorial input at CNN.
Project Veritas argues he has unique insights on the network’s editorial culture – with their reporter going on five dates with him before their final one in a coffee shop.
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