No 10 backs Jacob Rees-Mogg's attack on HuffPost journalist

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Website demands retraction from leader of the Commons who called editor ‘a knave or a fool’

Downing Street has declined to offer evidence for Jacob Rees-Mogg’s claim that a journalist was “either a knave or a fool” and deliberately distorted comments by another minister, but is standing by the allegation.

While Boris Johnson’s spokesperson said Rees-Mogg’s words were “not comments that the PM would have made” the decision to stand by the leader of the Commons risks escalating a furious row with the media.

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