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O’Reilly Castigates Geraldo Rivera for Believing Anonymous Trump Aide Reports on Russia: ‘You’re Doing Something Un-American’

• February 16, 2017 9:45 am

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly said on his show Wednesday night that Geraldo Rivera was "doing something un-American" by believing reports from anonymous sources on Trump aides being in contact with Russian intelligence.

Rivera, a Fox News commentator, said that people do not have a right to complain about leaks bringing down President Trump's former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, unless they had also complained about leaks damaging failed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Rivera then mentioned a number of sources that said people on Trump's campaign were in communication with Russian intelligence.

"You are doing something un-American: you are convicting. They have the presumption of innocence and you're not giving it to them," O'Reilly responded in a clip flagged by Mediaite.

"I resent that," Rivera said. "I deeply resent that."

Rivera and O'Reilly continued to argue over the validity of the sources in question in a heated debate. Rivera also mentioned investigations into Clinton's activities during the presidential campaign, comparing them to leaks regarding the Trump administration.

"You cannot convict on anonymous sources," O'Reilly said.

Rivera said it was unprecedented for a presidential campaign to speak with the Russian government in such a secretive manner as has been reported. He did not have an answer, however, for who on the Trump campaign had talked to Russia when O'Reilly questioned him further.