Donald Trump campaign sues New York Times for defamation of opinion piece of 2019
Trump's campaign filed a defamation lawsuit against The New York Times on Wednesday, alleging that the newspaper made "false and defamatory" statements against the president by publishing an opinion article by journalist Max Frankel.
Filed in the New York Supreme Court, the Trump campaign lawsuit alleges that the opinion article, published on March 27, 2019, five days after the report by special lawyer Robert Mueller was sent to AG William Barr, it included "intentional false reports" regarding the dealings of the campaign. with Russia in the period prior to the 2016 elections.
In his column, Frankel writes that "there was no need for a detailed electoral collusion between the Trump campaign and the oligarchy of Vladimir Putin because they had a general agreement: the aid quid in the campaign against Hillary Clinton for the quo of a new pro -Russian foreign policy, beginning with the relief of the onerous economic sanctions of the Obama administration. The Trumpites knew about the crux and offered the prospect of the quo. "
Trump's campaign argues that the Times knowingly published Frankel's column, even though Mueller had ruled out direct coordination between Trump's campaign and the Russian government.
Hours after receiving Mueller's report on March 22, Barr wrote a letter to Congress that included Mueller's findings. Mueller's full report will not be released to the public until weeks later, on April 18.
Mueller's report noted that Russian officials tried to influence the 2016 presidential election in favor of Trump by selling misinformation that would be favorable for his campaign. At various points during the 2016 presidential election, Trump said he would "get along" with Russia should be elected president.
Trump's campaign seeks "compensatory damages per million" in damages, alleged damages, punitive damages, the cost of the lawsuit and other reparation.