Politics

Trump Campaign Sues CNN for Libel Over Russia Opinion Piece

NEW YORK—President Donald Trumps re-election campaign sued CNN for libel on Friday, over an opinion piece that said the campaign had left open the possibility of seeking Russias help in the 2020 election.

The lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Atlanta was the campaigns third in 10 days accusing major media outlets of libel, following cases against The New York Times and the Washington Post.

All three lawsuits focused on opinion pieces published in 2019 that, according to the campaign, suggested it has had improper ties with Russia.

CNN had no immediate comment. A person familiar with the matter said CNN had yet to review the lawsuit.

Trump has throughout his presidency battled news media he believes demonstrate bias against him. The Republican president often brands CNN, a unit of AT&T Inc as “fake news.”

Legal experts have said the libel lawsuits might be tough to win because the law affords broad protection to opinion writers who express their views about public officials like Trump.

Fridays lawsuit objected to a statement in a June 13, 2019 opinion piece by Larry Noble, a CNN contributor and former general counsel of the Federal Election Commission.

After referring to Special Counsel Robert Muellers report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. Noble wrote: “The Trump campaign assessed the potential risks and benefits of again seeking Russias help in 2020 and has decided to leave that option on the table.”

The campaign said it has “repeatedly and openly disclaimed any intention to seek Russian involvement in the 2020 election,” and has never made statements suggesting otherwise.

It also said CNN was “well aware” that Nobles statement was untrue when published, and the piece reflected its “systematic pattern of bias” against the campaign. The campaign used identical language in the Times aRead More – Source