The Trump campaign alleged that CNN was trying to mislead readers about the president’s possible collusion with Russia during the 2016 election.
A federal judge has dismissed the Trump campaign libel suit against CNN.
As LegalReader previously reported, the Trump campaign sued CNN over a controversial opinion piece published by Larry Noble, former General Counsel of the Federal Election Commission. In his article, Noble alleged that Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 presidential election uncovered significant evidence of Russian interference.
Noble also stated that the Trump campaign had actively sought Russia’s assistance in overcoming Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
According to Noble, the campaign “assessed the potential risks and benefits of seeking Russian aid again in 2020 and decided to leave that option on the table”.
Shortly after Noble’s article went online, the Trump campaign began to oppose adopting Russian interference in 2016, as well as possible collusion in 2020. First, they asked CNN to remove the article and issue a correction.
However, CNN refused to cooperate.
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“The campaign had no choice but to file this lawsuit to: establish the truth publicly, properly inform CNN readers and audiences (and the rest of the world) of the true facts, and take appropriate remedial action for what was caused by CNN Seeking harm, misreporting and failure to withdraw and apologize for it, ”Trump’s lawyers wrote in their first complaint.
In the lawsuit, attorneys alleged that CNN knew Noble’s claims were false when it published the article; They also argued that CNN had shown a pattern of bias towards the Commander in Chief.
Trump, notes Fox, has long had a troubled relationship with CNN – the president has repeatedly denounced the latter outlet as a supplier of “false news.” At the beginning of his tenure, Trump also tried to exclude CNN reporters from attending his press conferences at the White House.
In March, Jenna Ellis, Senior Legal Adviser to the Trump campaign, told Fox News that CNN wanted to go online with Noble’s article to defame the president and reduce his chances of re-election.
“The complaint alleges that CNN was aware of the falsehood at the time of publication [and] It was done with the intentional purpose of violating the campaign while misleading the owner’s readings, “Ellis said, promising to hold CNN and other allegedly left-wing outlets responsible for their wrongdoing.
However, U.S. District Judge Michael L. Brown of the Northern District of Georgia found Thursday that the campaign did not contain enough evidence to show that CNN had acted maliciously in printing Noble’s play.
CNN notes that the United States’ Defamation Act requires that “alleged defamatory statements” be made against public figures – such as politicians – with “actual malice.” In other words, a speaker, writer, or point of sale must have known a statement was not true but chose to publish it anyway.
“Most of the allegations in the actual malice complaint are conclusive,” Brown wrote.
Brown will, however, allow the Trump campaign to file an amended complaint by the end of November.
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