CNN's Jim Acosta never lets facts get in the way of a story.

This week, when Americans were focused on the devastation in Texas from Hurricane Harvey, Acosta went back to an old saw, the Russian collusion story — which has all but disappeared from the headlines and news programs.

On Wednesday he tweeted this:

The tweet concerned a story that was covered in the Washington Examiner.

A top spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed Wednesday he received an email from a top executive at the Trump Organization last year asking for assistance in jump-starting a stalled real estate deal President Trump's company was pursuing in Moscow.

"I can confirm that among the total number of emails, we received an email from Mr. Michael Cohen," Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters during a conference call Wednesday, according to Reuters. "It really happened."

The Washington Post reported Monday that Cohen, an executive vice president at the Trump Organization and President Trump's personal lawyer, emailed Peskov in January 2016 asking for help with the Trump Organization's project to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. ...

During the conference call with reporters, Peskov said the email from Cohen was sent to a public "Press Office of the Kremlin" email address, and said he didn't respond to the message. ... We do not react to such business topics — this is not our work — we left it unanswered."

So, just like one of its top paid contributors, Van Jones — who called the Russian collusion story a "nothingburger" — Acosta is hyping a story in which ... nothing happened. A guy sent an email, the recipient didn't respond. And that's illegal how? The email was sent in January 2016 — before Trump had won even one primary.

Acosta got hammered on Twitter.

But one Twitterer went there with the harshest tweet of all.