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U.S. Sen. Cory Booker called on the nation’s broadcasters to refuse to air ads by President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign that level false attacks at a leading Democratic presidential candidate.
“TV stations across the country, especially those reaching voters in the early states that will play a major role in selecting our nominee, should refuse to air these baseless ads meant to deceive voters,” Booker campaign manager Addisu Demissie said. “We all have a responsibility to do the right thing and prevent Trump from defaming an honorable man and public servant with straight-up lies. I should hope that stations in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina join CNN in refusing to air this garbage.”
One of the rejected ads claims former Vice President Joe Biden offered Ukraine $1 billion to fire a prosecutor who, at one point, investigated a company on whose board Biden’s son sat.
No evidence has been found to substantiate that claim.
Biden was key to the United States’ efforts to push out former Ukraine prosecutor Viktor Shokin, who was voted out of office following widespread criticism for his handling of corruption cases.
The other ad claims Senate Minority Leader Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) of making up evidence related to a whistleblower complaint against Trump.
CNN rejected the ad because it made claims about the whistleblower’s complaint similar to those already debunked by the intelligence community inspector general.