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Trump Campaign Hits CNN with Lawsuit for ‘Millions of Dollars’


President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign filed a libel lawsuit against CNN on Friday for publishing “false and defamatory” statements about the campaign, claiming it may “again” seek aid from Russia in the 2020 election.

The complaint was filed in federal district court in Atlanta, where the network is headquartered, and points to a June 13, 2019 Op-Ed by CNN contributor Larry Nobel, titled “Soliciting dirt on your opponents from a foreign government is a crime. Mueller should have charged Trump campaign officials with it.”

In it, Nobel alleges “(t)he Trump campaign assessed the potential risks and benefits of again seeking Russia’s help in 2020 and has decided to leave that option on the table.”


The author’s byline in the article lists him as “the former general counsel of the Federal Election Commission (1987-2000).”

The Trump campaign complaint states, “It is not entirely surprising that CNN would publish such blatantly false statements about the Campaign. There is extensive evidence that CNN and its writer, Larry Noble, are extremely biased against the Campaign.”

“The news stories at www.CNN.com follow the same extremely biased news perspective.”


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The Trump campaign responded to Nobel’s specific allegation, saying, “There have been no statements by the Campaign that either constitute or imply an intention by the Campaign to seek or consider seeking Russian assistance in the 2020 election, or to ‘leave that option on the table.’”

According to the complaint, the campaign’s legal counsel sent a written letter to CNN on Feb. 25, 2020, demanding the network “retract and apologize for the aforementioned false and defamatory statements. CNN refused.”

So the lawsuit was filed to “publicly establish the truth, properly inform CNN’s readers and audience (and the rest of the world) of the true facts, and seek appropriate remedies for the harm caused by CNN’s false reporting and failure to retract and apologize for it.”

The complaint says that the damage done to the campaign amounts to “millions of dollars” which will be proven at trial.

Jenna Ellis, senior legal adviser to the campaign, told Fox News that CNN knowingly published the false statement.

“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.”

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