President Donald Trump has called on the Senate Intelligence Committee to investigate American news publishers over so-called 'fake news'. This is Trump's most dangerous attack on the first amendment yet. Trump is asking the federal government to investigate news providers who publish things that he finds embarrassing.
Trump may be ratcheting up his criticism of the press as special counsel Robert Mueller's probe moves forward and the midterm elections approach. He frequently asserts that journalists invent anonymous sources to fit their agendas. But there's scant evidence to back up that bombastic claim.
While Trump would like to jail journalists, the current constitutional structure is highly supportive of the right to free speech, even more so than other Democratic countries. However, unlike past administrations, Trump threatens journalistic outlets with defamation lawsuits . While Trump's tweet is likely bombast, the President has the kind of character where he would attempt to invent a pretext to legally lock up journalists.