This is good news – I think.
President Trump’s reelection campaign sued The New York Times for libel on Wednesday, saying the news organization falsely reported as fact a conspiracy with Russia.
The lawsuit, filed in the New York State Supreme Court, seeks to hold the news organization accountable for intentionally publishing false statements against Mr. Trump’s campaign.
Jenna Ellis, senior legal adviser to the campaign, said the Times falsely stated the campaign “had an ‘overarching deal’ with ‘Vladimir Putin’s oligarchy’ to ‘help the campaign against Hillary Clinton’ in exchange for ‘a new pro-Russian foreign policy, starting with relief from … economic sanctions.’”
“The statements were and are 100 percent false and defamatory,” Ms. Ellis said. “The complaint alleges The Times 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 lawsuit targets an opinion article written in March 2019 by former executive editor Max Frankel under the headline “The Real Trump-Russia Quid Pro Quo.” The campaign is seeking millions of dollars in damages.