Rees-Mogg under fire after calling journalist 'either a knave or a fool'

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Commons leader urged to ‘set the record straight’ after making comments about HuffPost journalist

Jacob Rees-Mogg has accused a journalist of being “either a knave or a fool” over a story about the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, the second time in recent weeks that ministers have targeted individual reporters with claims of distorted coverage.

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HuffPost UK, the outlet targeted by Rees-Mogg, responded by accusing the leader of the Commons of using the legal privilege of speaking in parliament “to smear a journalist”, and demanded he produce evidence for the allegation or retract it.

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