Donald Trump Threatens CNN With New Lawsuit Over Election Fraud Claims – Deadline
Dealing with a possible Division of Justice probe over the January 6, 2021 assault on the Capitol and extra authorized quicksand, Donald Trump has gone on the offensive in opposition to outdated foe CNN with a threatened defamation swimsuit.
“This letter serves as formal discover of the false statements about President Donald J. Trump (“President Trump”) in quite a few articles and televised transmissions revealed by Cable Information Community, Inc. (“CNN”) together with, however not restricted to, these mentioned under,” reads a July 21 missive that the previous POTUS’ DC attorneys at Ifrah Regulation, PLLC despatched to CNN boss Chris Licht and EVP and Normal Counsel David Vigilante. Particularly, the Kafkaesque correspondence focuses on on-air and on-line use by CNN marque expertise and reporters of the time period the “Massive Lie” with reference to Trump’s repeated assertions that the 2020 election was stolen from him and the GOP.
“On this occasion, President Trump’s feedback usually are not lies: He subjectively believes that the outcomes of the 2020 presidential election turned on fraudulent voting exercise in a number of key states,” the 282-page letter from the attorneys with reveals goes on to say, utilizing Webster’s Dictionary’s definition of the phrase “lie” to make their legally looming level. “With out regard for President Trump’s real perception in his statements, CNN has revealed quite a few articles characterizing him as a ‘liar’ and the purveyor of the ‘Massive Lie,’” the letter declares (read it here.)
Over the previous yr and a half, Trump has continued to say that he was the winner of the 2020 presidential election, telling an viewers as just lately as Tuesday that he “received a second time.” (In its story on Trump’s speech in Washington, D.C., CNN referred to the previous president’s assertion as “lies across the 2020 election”). The continuing January sixth Committee hearings have proven that whilst Trump insisted that he received the 2020 election, he was instructed that his election fraud claims have been baseless.
Now, as anybody who has paid consideration to the previous Celeb Apprentice host earlier than, throughout, and after his White Home reign, Donald Trump likes to attempt to intimidate critics, rivals and non-Rupert Murdoch-owned media with authorized motion. For probably the most half, it’s an train in bloviation, and nothing ever comes of it. Which, because the 2022 midterms inch nearer and an announcement of an anticipated third Trump lunge on the White Home might come even sooner, could possibly be the case right here with this salvo in opposition to the Warner Bros. Discovery-owned CNN. Both manner, the clock is ticking to some extent.
“CNN should publish a full and honest correction, apology, or retraction, in the identical editions or corresponding problems with the web site publication through which the aforementioned articles, transcripts, or broadcasts appeared and in as conspicuous a spot and kind as stated unique article, transcript or broadcast inside ten (10) days from the date of service of this discover,” stated the correspondence from final week.
“Failure to publish such a correction, apology, or retraction will outcome within the submitting of a lawsuit and damages being sought in opposition to you, CNN.”
CNN didn’t reply to requests from Deadline to touch upon the almost week-old letter.
Nevertheless, no shock, recent off a grim and grievance-packed speech in DC yesterday to the America First Coverage Institute, Trump did have extra to say about his attorneys’ letter.
“I’ve notified CNN of my intent to file a lawsuit over their repeated defamatory statements in opposition to me,” the ex-President stated in an announcement at this time after the letter to CNN turned public. “I can even be commencing actions in opposition to different media shops who’ve defamed me and defrauded the general public relating to the overwhelming proof of fraud all through the 2020 Election,” he went on to say, maybe hinting at forcing the Murdoch-owned Fox Information by means of the courts to like him once more. “I’ll by no means cease preventing for the reality and for the way forward for our Nation!”
Ted Johnson contributed to this report.