Trump Camp Sues WaPo For Libel For Publishing “False and Defamatory Statements” About Conspiracy with Russia
First New York TImes, now WaPo.
The Trump campaign sued the Washington Post on Tuesday for libel over “false and defamatory statements” about conspiring with Russia, Fox News reported.
The suit cited two separate garbage ‘Trump-Russia’ opinion pieces published by the Washington Post.
The complaint obtained by Fox News was filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. by attorneys David C. Tobin and Charles J. Harder. It points to a pair of Post articles published in June 2019 that included statements tying the Trump campaign to foreign campaign interference.
The complaint claims that Greg Sargent’s June 13 article, “Trump just invited another Russian attack. Mitch McConnell is making one more likely,” contained the defamatory statement that Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded that Trump’s campaign “tried to conspire with” a “sweeping and systematic” attack by Russia during the 2016 election.
“Today the President’s re-election campaign has filed suit against The Washington Post for false statements contained in two published articles, including defamatory claims that the campaign ‘tried to conspire with’ a ‘sweeping and systematic’ attack by Russia against the 2016 U.S. presidential election and ‘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?’” a senior legal advisor to the Trump camp said in a statement.
“The statements were and are 100 percent false and defamatory,” the statement added. “The complaint alleges The Post 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 files suit to publicly establish the truth and seek appropriate legal remedies for the harm caused by false reporting.”
The Trump campaign is seeking millions of dollars in damages.
The Trump campaign recently sued the New York Times for libel over Trump Russia smears.