President Donald Trump, fed up with the “Fake News Media” is hitting one of his biggest opponents, CNN, where it really hurts – in the pocket book! The president is suing the network for its “reckless” coverage of him, and purported ties to Russian collusion in the 2016 election.
At the close of last week, The Trump campaign filed a libel lawsuit against CNN claiming the outlet published an opinion piece that contained “false and defamatory” statements about the president.
The complaint, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on Friday, centers on a piece from June, according to Fox News. CNN is based in Atlanta.
“The complaint alleges CNN 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 filed this lawsuit against CNN and the preceding suits against The New York Times and The Washington Post to hold the publishers accountable for their reckless false reporting and also to establish the truth,” Trump campaign senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis said.
The piece at the center of the lawsuit was written by former Federal Election Commission general counsel Larry Noble and titled, “Soliciting dirt on your opponents from a foreign government is a crime. Mueller should have charged Trump campaign officials with it.”
The piece made the case that special counsel Robert Mueller was wrong not to criminally charge members of the Trump campaign with conspiring with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election. Noble said Mueller “apparently,” thought it was “reasonable to assume that top officials” for a presidential candidate were “ignorant to the ban on accepting support from a foreign government,” and that it was “a strained view of the evidence.”
The Trump campaign’s complaint argued that CNN was aware the statements in the article were false “because there was an extensive record of statements from the Campaign and the administration expressly disavowing any intention to seek Russian assistance” and still published it.
The president’s legal team sent a letter to the publisher requesting a retraction and an apology last month, but CNN refused.
CNN has yet to comment on the filing of the lawsuit.
The piece does contain a disclaimer that it is an “opinion piece” and therefore does not represent the views of the network. The note says that Nobel “is a CNN contributor and has served as general counsel of the Campaign Legal Center and executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author; view more opinion at CNN.”
This lawsuit against CNN is the third in a series of libel complaints that the Trump campaign has filed against major media outlets in recent weeks. They also filed complaints against the Washington Post and New York Times regarding opinion pieces they also allege were “libelous.”