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Sarah Sanders Facing Major Backlash After Falsely Accusing Jim Acosta Of Assault

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday faced swift backlash after the White House announced its suspension of CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta’s press credentials following an extended verbal confrontation between Acosta and Trump earlier that afternoon.

In a statement Wednesday night, Huckabee Sanders claimed Acosta “placed his hands on” a young female White House intern who attempted to take a microphone from him.

“We will … never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern. This conduct is absolutely unacceptable,” said Sanders. “As a result of today’s incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice.”

However, video captured during the press conference shows a different story. The staffer aggressively tried to take the microphone from Acosta, grabbing his hand, twice, attempting to wrestle a mic from him.

Twitter users, including many journalists, were quick to challenge Sanders’ claim that Acosta had touched the intern, slamming the White House’s decision to yank the reporter’s press credentials.

Some commenters praised the CNN journalist for showing “tremendous restraint,” and suggested he should file charges with the Capitol Police for assault.

Acosta also took to Twitter to call Sanders’ assertion that he put his hands on the intern, “a lie.”

CNN said in a statement that Acosta “has our full support” and backed up Acosta’s statement that Sanders “lied” in her “fraudulent” explanation by citing an incident “that never happened.”

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