The liberal think tank accused by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., of using its resources to smear him pushed back Sunday, saying the 2020 Democratic presidential contender was attempting to “muzzle” journalists with its independent news outfit, ThinkProgress.
"The Center for American Progress is a research institution focused on ideas and policy. ThinkProgress is part of CAP Action: It is editorially independent of both CAP and CAP Action and has been for years,” the Center for American Progress (CAP) said in a statement.
“We do not suggest, edit, approve or see their stories before publishing. And, in this particular instance, no one at CAP or CAP Action knew about this article or video’s existence before publication.”
Sanders earlier Sunday wrote a harshly-worded letter accusing CAP of “using its resources to smear” him and two of his Senate colleagues running in 2020 after ThinkProgress published a video suggesting Sanders stopped disparaging millionaires when he became one.
"I and other Democratic candidates are running campaigns based on principles and ideas and not engaging in mudslinging or personal attacks on each other," Sanders wrote in the April 13 letter first obtained by The New York Times.
"Meanwhile, the Center for American Progress is using its resources to smear Senator Booker, Senator Warren, and myself, among others. This is hard the way to build unity, or to win the general election."
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