President Donald Trump is launching a lawsuit against the New York Times, according to his campaign website.
According to Trump: The Times “knowingly published false & defamatory statements of and concerning plaintiff…claiming it had an ‘overarching deal’ with ‘Putin’s oligarchy’ to ‘help in the campaign against Hillary Clinton.’”
“Today the President’s re-election campaign filed suit against the New York Times for falsely stating 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,'” said Jenna Ellis, senior legal to Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.
Today, Team Trump filed a libel lawsuit against the New York Times over a story falsely reporting as fact a conspiracy with Russia.
— Team Trump (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TeamTrump) February 26, 2020
The report that Trump alleges is libelous is actually an editorial column, headlined, “The Real Trump-Russia Quid Pro Quo,” by Max Frankel.
The lawsuit will also allow the Times to conduct discovery in the case, which could ultimately allow the newspaper to uncover information about the campaign.
Charles Harder is Trump’s lawyer who filed the suit, who represented Hulk Hogan in the libel case that brought down Gawker.