Donald Trump, a former US president, filed a lawsuit against the Cable News Network on Monday, accusing it of libel and requesting $475 million in punitive damages.
According to the complaint Donald Trump filed in a US District Court in Florida, he claimed that CNN was waging a conspiracy of “libel and slander” against him because it “feared” he would run for president again in 2024.
According to the 29-page complaint filled by Donald Trump’s lawyer, it states:
“(T) CNN has sought to use its massive influence – purportedly as a ‘trusted’ news source – to defame the plaintiff in the minds of its viewers and readers for the purpose of defeating him politically,”
Trump said on Monday that “in the coming weeks and months, we will also be filing lawsuits against a large number of other fake news media companies for their lies, defamation, and wrongdoing,” particularly regarding coverage of the 2020 election. This was part of a follow-up statement laced with outrage.
In addition, the 76-year-old Republican said his team “may take appropriate action against” the congressional committee looking into the attack on the US Capitol by his supporters on January 6, 2021, claiming the panel refused to look into “the massive Presidential Election Fraud” that he maintains took place.
As a part of its concerted effort to tilt the political balance to the left, CNN has tried to taint the plaintiff with a series of ever-more scandalous, false, and defamatory labels of “racist,” “Russian lackey,” “insurrectionist,” and ultimately “Hitler,”” the complaint said.
During his administration, Trump, who asked for a jury trial, had a difficult relationship with CNN and other major news organizations, including The New York Times, calling them “fake news” and frequently railing against them on social media.
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