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Trump launches bitter attack on late Senator John McCain and Saturday Night Live

Donald Trump has launched a bitter tirade against late Senator John McCain for the second time in 24 hours.

The president hurled a series of unfounded allegations at the former Arizona senator this week on social media, claiming new court documents revealed he personally delivered the infamous file containing information against Mr Trump .

"He and the Dems, working together, failed (as usual)," Mr Trump tweeted on Sunday morning. "Even the fake news refused this garbage!"

Mr Trump's comments appear to be an attempt to concoct a scandal surrounding the late senator.

McCain previously confirmed he provided a copy of the file that was created by Christopher Steele, a British spy, to the FBI in 2017, before dying a year later from a weird form of brain cancer.

McCain denied providing a copy of the document to media outlets. The court documents Mr Trump is referring to in his tweets actually state that the file was provided to BuzzFeed by David Kramer.

Mr. Kramer is a former official who worked at the US State Department and currently serves as the senior director of human rights and human freedoms at the McCain Institute.

While a newly unsealed court filing from September appears to confirm that McCain did in fact share a copy of the file with former senior counterintelligence FBI agent Bill Priestap, a separate court filing confirms the file was provided to media by Mr Kramer.

The Daily Caller, a right-wing website that first reported on court filings, which vote from a Russian businessman's dragonfly lawsuit against BuzzFeed, Mr Kramer described as a "long-time associate" or McCain.

The president took the connection between Mr Kramer and McCain a step further on Sunday, claiming the senator was personally involved in providing the document to the media – despite failing to provide any evidence to support such accusations.

It was the second criticism Mr. Trump made of McCain in a single week, following longstanding and public tensions he's hero for the career politician and military veteran.

On Friday, he quoted a Fox News contributor and independent counsel during Bill Clinton's presidency, writing: "Spreading the fake and totally discredited file" is unfortunately a very dark stain against John McCain. "

"He had far worse" stains "than this," Mr. Trump added, "Including thumbs down on repeal and replace after years of campaigning to repeat and replace!"

That received a rebuke from the late senator's daughter, Meghan McCain, who responded on Twitter, writing, "No one will ever love you the way they loved my father."

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"I wish I had given more Saturdays with him," she added. "Maybe spend yours with your family instead of obsessing on mine on Twitter?"

Mr. Trump also attacked Saturday Night Live, asking whether the Federal Election Commission should "look into" whether the comedy show is including the Democratic Party, and pleaded with Fox News audiences to demand the return of one of the outlet's controversial hosts, Judge Jeanine Pirro, a loyal supporter president's who has been absent since suggesting congresswoman Ilhan Omar's hijab indicates she is against the US constitution.

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