The campaign committee for the re-election of the president of the United States, Donald Trump, sued The New York Times on Wednesday for defamation. The allegation emerges from an opinion column published in March 2019. entitled “The true Quid Pro Quo between Trump and Russia” (The Real Trump-Russia Quid Pro Quo) and signed by former media executive editor Max Frankel, He claimed that during the 2016 election campaign, the campaign committee had reached a comprehensive agreement with the Russian oligarchy loyal to Vladimir Putin to exchange his support for a country-friendly policy in the White House.
The lawsuit says that the American media published the column despite being aware that the statements were false. “Previous reports of the same Times had confirmed the falsehood of the statements, but they published them equally and knowing that they would misinform their own readers due to the extreme bias of the media towards the campaign and their search to influence the presidential elections of 2020,” says a document paragraph.
The lawsuit, filed with the New York Supreme Court, seeks compensation of millions of dollars. The figure was not specified. The New York Times did not publish a statement in the minutes after the lawsuit took public status. In the first paragraph of the column Frankel – executive editor of the media between 1986 and 1994 – said there was no need for the two parties he mentioned to reach a formal agreement to conspire and try to achieve the election of the then Republican candidate.RELATED
The comprehensive agreement, he said, was that “the Russians provided the crux in the form of aid to the campaign against Hillary Clinton in exchange for the quo, which would consist of a pro-Russian foreign policy and begin with the lifting of economic sanctions imposed on the country by the administration of Barack Obama. ”
“The statements are 100 percent false and defamatory,” said a campaign lawyer, Jenna Ellis. However, demand has a low chance of prospering. According to The Hill, the federal Supreme Court severely restricted the criteria for a lawsuit by a public official for defamation to advance. It was in the framework of the New York Times v. Sullivan and there the highest court demanded that the plaintiff prove reliably that the media had made the publication with a malicious intention.
The lawsuit represents the latest episode of Trump’s animosity towards the mass media. Throughout his campaign and during his presidency his criticisms in this regard have been regular, popularizing the term “Fake News” (fake news) or calling them “the enemy of the people” when referring to both individual reports and his general vision on the Most of the journalistic industry.
The possibility that Trump’s campaign had conspired with the Russian government was a matter of controversy from the beginning of his government and dominated the political conversation for much of his term. In fact, different reports led to the opening of an investigation by special prosecutor Robert Mueller in this regard.
Mueller assessed 10 incidents for possible obstruction of justice, including Trump’s dismissal ordered by FBI director James Comey, the president’s instruction to his subordinates to fire Mueller and efforts to encourage witnesses not to cooperate. The president’s lawyers have said Trump’s conduct was within his constitutional powers, but Mueller’s team felt that the incidents deserved criminal scrutiny.
And in April 2019, he concluded that “although the investigation identified numerous links between individuals with ties to the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump campaign, the evidence was not sufficient to support criminal charges.”