Trump Campaign Files Libel Lawsuit Against CNN for 'False and Defamatory' Statements Concerning Russia

Nick Kangadis | March 6, 2020
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Just three days after filing a libel lawsuit against the Washington Post for “millions of dollars,” President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign filed another libel lawsuit on Friday, this time against CNN “for publishing ‘false and defamatory’ statements about seeking Russia’s help in the 2020 election.”

Fox News broke the news about both lawsuits, with each focusing on “false and defamatory statements.”

Senior Legal Adviser to Donald J. Trump for President Inc. Jenna Ellis told Fox News the following concerning the CNN lawsuit:

The complaint alleges CNN was aware of the falsity at the time it published them but did so for the intentional purpose of hurting the campaign while misleading its own readers in the process... the campaign filed this lawsuit against CNN and the preceding suits against The New York Times and The Washington Post to hold the publishers accountable for their reckless false reporting and also to establish the truth.

As noted in her statement, the Trump campaign also filed a libel lawsuit against the New York Times on February 26th for an “extremely biased” op-ed titled, “The Real Trump-Russia Quid Pro Quo.” Reportedly, the lawsuit is seeking “compensatory damages in the millions of dollars,” along with punitive and legal fees.

If you’d like to read the CNN lawsuit, click here.