The co-founder of TheFederalist.com announced Tuesday afternoon on Twitter that a public spokesman for the Secret Service would not confirm a Daily Mail report claiming to quote a Secret Service agent present at the time of Corey Lewandowski’s alleged assault against Michelle Fields.
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A Federalist contributor called out David Martosko — the author of the Daily Mail story — on Twitter, hitting him with Serious Questions about his reporting.
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Martosko’s report states that a Secret Service agent in Trump’s security detail, “speaking on condition of anonymity… told DailyMail.com on Tuesday that Fields touched Trump twice – and was warned by agents to stop – before Lewandowski pulled her away. ‘She crossed in between agents and our protectee after being told not to,’ said the agent, who was present that night in Jupiter.”
Sean Davis, the Twitter pundit and co-founder/contributor to TheFederalist.com, challenged the trustworthiness of this account, citing an official Secret Service spokesman who insisted the agency would not make any statement on the incident.
Davis challenged Martosko on Twitter to name the agent.
Martosko replied that he would protect the anonymity he promised to his source — and that the agency did not speak for that individual.