Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday night slammed former President TrumpDonald TrumpSenate rejects attempt to block Biden's Saudi arms sale Crenshaw slams House Freedom Caucus members as 'grifters,' 'performance artists' Senate confirms Biden's nominee to lead Customs and Border Protection MORE over a report that the then-president sought to have the Department of Justice look into late-night shows that regularly poked fun at him.
During an episode of "Jimmy KimmelJames (Jimmy) Christian KimmelConnor Roy may never be president, but Alan Ruck did drive in the motorcade Jimmy Kimmel responds to Lauren Boebert calling him a 'sexist pig' Jimmy Kimmel questions value of laughing at 'terrible' people MORE Live," the late-night host accused Trump of wanting to use the Justice Department as a "goon squad" to stop him from being mocked.
One source told the Daily Beast that Trump's requests at the time were “more annoying than alarming, to be honest with you."
Trump pushed back on the reporting on Tuesday night, calling it “total fake news.”
“It was fabricated, there were no sources, and yet the Lamestream Media goes with it,” he said.
“I did say, however, that Alec Baldwin has no talent, certainly when it comes to imitating me. The one who had what it took was Darrell Hammond,” Trump added, referring to "SNL" actors who had impersonated him.
Noah Shachtman, editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast, told The Hill in a statement, "LOL. You'll be shocked to learn that the former president has mischaracterized our reporting. Crushing, I know. Anyway, we stand by our story."
Kimmel added that he was unsure how the former president still released statements after he had been banned from Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, but thanked Trump for watching his show and offered to send him a hoodie.