Politics

Trump Campaign Sues The Washington Post for Russia-Related Libel

The campaign of President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit against The Washington Post, alleging the paper published two defamatory opinion articles about it last year causing “millions” in damage.

“The articles at issue herein also are part of the The Posts systematic pattern of bias against the Campaign, designed to maliciously interfere with and damage its reputation and ultimately cause the organization to fail,” says the complaint filed on March 3 with the federal District Court in Washington.

The papers vice president of communications, Kristine Coratti Kelly, responded in an emailed statement.

“Its disappointing to see the Presidents campaign committee resorting to these types of tactics and we will vigorously defend this case,” she said.

Russia Claim

One of the articles, by Greg Sargent, was published on June 13 with the title “Trump just invited another Russian attack. Mitch McConnell is making one more likely.”

It said, in part, that special counsel Robert Mueller concluded that the campaign “tried to conspire with” Moscows campaign to meddle in the 2016 presidential election.

This claim is “false and defamatory” the suit says. “The Mueller Report is a public record, and repeatedly finds that there was no conspiracy between the Campaign and the Russian government.”

Muellers March 2019 report marked the conclusion of more than two years of investigation into allegations of Trump-Russia collusion to sway the election. It concluded the probe didnt establish any such coordination.

The article mentions that “Mueller did not find sufficient evidence of a criminal conspiracy.”

Russia and North Korea Claim

The other article, by Paul Waldman, was published on June 20, 2019, entitled “Trump: I can win reelection with just my base.”

It says in part, “who knows what sort of aid Russia and North Korea will give to the Trump campaign, now that he has invited them to offer their assistance?”

This is also “false and defamatory” the suit says. “The Campaign has repeatedly and openly disclaimed any intention to seek Russias help in the 2020 election.”

The claim about North Korea “has been made up out of whole cloth,” the suit says. “Not only has nobody affiliated with the Campaign made such a statement, but there has been no reporting by any reputable news outlet that the Campaign has sought or will seek North Koreas assistance, or has had any contact with North Korea regarding the 2020 election.”

The paper “never informed the Campaign that it was going to publish the claims in the Defamatory Article, did not afford the Campaign an opportunity to verify the accuracy of the claims before publication, and did not reach out to the Campaign for comment.”

The claim that Trump invited foreign interference stemmed from his comments during a June 12, 2019, ABC News interview, where he said that if a foreigner offers information on ones political opponents “you might want to listen” and if “there was something wrong … go maybe to the FBI.”

Bias Claim

The suit accuses the paper of being “extremely biased” against the Trump campaign and Republicans, noting that it only ever endorsed Democrats for president since it started issuing endorsements in 1976. Sargent has been critical of the Trump administration on Twitter and in a book he wrote, the suit says. Waldman used to work for Media Matters for America, a progressive nonprofit focused on criticism of conservative media.

The purpose of the suit is to “publicly establish the truth, properly inform The Posts readers (and the rest of the worldRead More – Source