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From the April 30 edition of ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos:

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JONATHAN KARL (HOST): Before you go, we have a segment coming up with Ann Coulter and Robert Reich. Of course there’s a big controversy at Berkeley over freedom of speech. I want to ask you about two things the president has said on related issues. First of all, there was what he said about opening up the libel laws, tweeting, “The failing New York Times has disgraced the media world. Gotten me wrong for two solid years. Change the libel laws?” That would require, as I understand it, a constitutional amendment. Is he really going to pursue that? Is that something he wants to pursue?

REINCE PREIBUS: I think it's something that we’ve looked at, and how that gets executed or whether that goes anywhere is a different story. But when you have articles out there that have no basis or fact and we're sitting here on 24/7 cable companies writing stories about constant contacts with Russia. And all these other matters that --

KARL: So you think the president should be able to sue The New York Times for stories he doesn't like? 

PREIBUS: Here’s what I think. I think that newspapers and news agencies need to be more responsible with how they report the news. I'm so tired -- 

KARL: I don't think anybody would disagree with that. It's about whether or not the president should have a right to sue them. 

PREIBUS: And I already answered the question. I said this is something that is being looked at, but it’s something that as far as how it gets executed, where we go with it, that’s another issue. But I think this is a frustration of unnamed sources of things that the FBI has told me personally is complete B.S., written in a newspaper article, in my office, one on one, this, here, is not true. And guess what? But it's sitting there on the front page. So how is it possible? And what do we have? 24/7 cable about a story about intelligence that the actual intelligence agency says is not true. Yet we deal with it every day. 


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