Trump campaign sues NY Times for libel over ‘fake’ Russian collusion story

(USA Features) President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign has filed a libel suit against The New York Times, accusing the paper of knowingly publishing a false story claiming Russia was backing his first campaign.

The the Times was “well aware” it published false information about collusion between the Russian government and Trump’s 2016 campaign.

“The Times’ own previous reporting had confirmed the falsity of these statements,” the complaint reads.

“But the Times published these statements anyway, knowing them to be false, and knowing it would misinform and mislead its own readers, because of The Times’ extreme bias against and animosity toward the Campaign, and the Times’ exuberance to improperly influence the presidential election in November 2020.”

The campaign’s senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis added in a statement that the Times’ reporting was “100 percent false and defamatory,” The Daily Caller reported.

The piece in question, titled “The Real Trump-Russia Quid Pro Quo,” was published in late March, 2019. The statute of limitations in New York for libel cases is one year. 

The Trump campaign could not be reached for comment by publication time, The Daily Caller noted.

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