Former President Donald J. Trump upped the ante in his long-running battle with CNN, threatening to sue the network for defamatory statements made against him if it doesn’t correct, retract and apologize for stories and commentary that depict him as a liar, particularly about the 2020 election which he continues to contend was not on the up-and-up.
On Wednesday, Trump issued a statement through his Save America PAC announcing his intent to pursue legal action against the self-proclaimed “most trusted name in news” along with other unspecified media outlets for defaming him and defrauding the public over his loss to President Joe Biden in a contest that millions of Americans believe didn’t pass the smell test.
““I have notified CNN of my intent to file a lawsuit over their repeated defamatory statements against me,” Trump said in his statement. “I will also be commencing actions against other media outlets who have defamed me and defrauded the public regarding the overwhelming evidence of fraud throughout the 2020 Election.”
He added, “I will never stop fighting for the truth and for the future of our Country!”
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In a 282-page letter dated July 21 from Washington D.C. law firm Ifrah Law addressed to new CNN CEO Chris Licht and General Counsel David Vigilante serving notice of an intent to bring civil action against the network for defamation, Trump’s attorneys provide numerous examples of stories and comments from network employees where the former and perhaps future president was smeared as a liar and worse.
According to the letter which was signed by attorney Jim Trusty, “In accordance with Florida Statute § 770.02, CNN must publish a full and fair correction, apology, or retraction, in the same editions or corresponding issues of the website publication in which the aforementioned articles, transcripts, or broadcasts appeared and in as conspicuous a place and type as said original article, transcript or broadcast within ten (10) days from the date of service of this notice. Failure to publish such a correction, apology, or retraction will result in the filing of a lawsuit and damages being sought against you, CNN.”
“After the 2016 election, various members of the Democratic party gave numerous televised statements claiming the 2016 election was illegitimate. This included suggestions about Russian interference causing President Trump to win the election and regular referrals to President Trump being an ‘illegitimate’ President,'” the letter reads. “CNN repeatedly allowed for assertions that President Trump was illegitimately elected to go largely unchallenged, including statements made by Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, Jimmy Carter, Jerry Nadler, John Lewis, Dianne Feinstein, Marcia Fudge, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz.”
Trump also took issue with CNN’s likening him to Adolf Hitler through the use of the phrase the “Big Lie” which is associated with the genocidal German dictator and his minister of propaganda.
According to the letter, “For the months and years that have followed the 2020 election, CNN took it upon itself to engage in a campaign of dissuasion – branding President Trump a liar, and one who subscribes to the notion of the ‘Big Lie.’ As CNN repeatedly reminds its readers, that concept is linked to Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels and the Nazi-era idiom, ‘If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.’”
“If the articles fail to overtly link Trump to Hitler—a particularly offensive slur for a man with Jewish members of his immediate family—they regularly draw comparisons between Trump and China’s Xi Jinping. Reportedly, the term ‘Big Lie’ has been uttered in the context of President Trump’s belief, more than 7,700 times on CNN since January of 2021,” the letter reads.
Hasty also stated that his letter “serves as notice to you and to your affiliated entities, officers, directors, journalists, correspondents, editors, employees, agents, assignees, and other persons acting on behalf of or in concert with you” to preserve all evidence related to accusations published regarding Trump.
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