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US News Trump campaign sues New York Times in libel lawsuit involving Russia coverage

00:10  27 february  2020
00:10  27 february  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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The 2020 Trump campaign has sued the New York Times for libel over a March 2019 opinion piece by former executive editor Max Frankel which peddled "as fact a conspiracy with Russia ." The lawsuit asserts that the article, "The Real Trump - Russia Quid Pro Quo," describes how there didn't need to

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump's re-election campaign has filed a libel lawsuit against the New York Times.

The lawsuit, filed in New York State Supreme Court on Wednesday, claims the newspaper intentionally published a false story in 2019 related to the investigation into Russia interference of the 2016 election.  

The Trump campaign is seeking millions of dollars in damage, taking issue with an op-ed from last March written by Max Frankel, the former executive editor of the newspaper: "The Real Trump-Russia Quid Pro Quo."

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The op-ed argues that there was an agreement between Russia and Trump's campaign to assist him in getting elected.

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“There was no need for detailed electoral collusion between the Trump campaign and Vladimir Putin’s oligarchy because they had an overarching deal," the op-ed reads. "[T]he quid of help in the campaign against Hillary Clinton for the quo of a new pro-Russian foreign policy, starting with relief from the Obama administration’s burdensome economic sanctions. The Trumpites knew about the quid and held out the prospect of the quo."

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President Donald Trump ’s re-election campaign has sued the New York Times for libel regarding a 2019 op-ed, alleging that the establishment newspaper published false allegations with purpose of hurting the president’s chances of winning a second term. The re-election campaign alleges that the

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A statement from the campaign states they wish "to hold the news organization accountable for intentionally publishing false statements" against Trump's campaign. 

Jenna Ellis, Senior Legal Adviser to the Donald J. Trump for President campaign, said, "The statements were and are 100 percent false and defamatory. The complaint alleges The Times 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 op-ed was published on March 27, 2019, before the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's full 448-page report to the public in April. The editorial was written three days after Attorney General William Barr sent a letter of his summary of Mueller's investigation to Congress. 

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President Donald Trump 's re-election campaign said on Wednesday it filed a libel lawsuit against the New York Times , accusing the newspaper of In an escalation of the Republican president’s long-running battle with the news media, campaign officials said the lawsuit was being filed in the New

Donald J. Trump ’s presidential campaign sued New York Times Co., accusing it of knowingly publishing false and defamatory statements claiming the campaign had a deal with Russia to exchange positive foreign policy for help defeating Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.

Mueller spent two years investigating Russian interference in the presidential election and whether Trump obstructed the inquiry that consumed Washington. 

The report details that Trump's campaign showed interest in benefiting from Russian government efforts to sway the 2016 presidential election in his favor, but investigators did not find evidence that directly linked Trump to any crimes.

The lawsuit claims that the newspaper's own previous reporting "confirmed the falsity of these statements." 

"But The Times published these statements anyway, knowing them to be false, and knowing it would misinform and mislead its own readers, because of The Times’ extreme bias against and animosity toward the Campaign," the lawsuit says.

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A New York Times spokesperson told USA TODAY that, "The Trump Campaign has turned to the courts to try to punish an opinion writer for having an opinion they find unacceptable."

"Fortunately, the law protects the right of Americans to express their judgments and conclusions, especially about events of public importance. We look forward to vindicating that right in this case," the statement continued.

Trump has maintained his attacks on the media through the duration of his presidency, denouncing coverage he dislikes as "fake news." He has threatened to sue other media companies before. 

Since the 1964 New York Times Co. V. Sullivan decision, to sustain a claim of libel, it is required the publisher had to know what they were writing or saying was false, and had to publish it with "actual malice" to harm the subject of the material.

Contributing: William Cummings, Christal Hayes 

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Trump campaign sues New York Times in libel lawsuit involving Russia coverage

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