Trump sues New York Times for defamation alleging Russian interference in 2020 election
Wednesday, President Trump’s re-election company sued the New York Times for defamation. The paper is accused of a “systematic pattern of bias”, allegedly it attempts to militate the President’s secured victory in the 2020 elections.
The complaint has been filed by attorney Charles Harder.
In March 2019, the New York Times published a column by the paper’s former executive editor, Max Frankel, in which the author accused Trump and the Russian government of cooperative efforts to guarantee Trump’s victory, like it allegedly happened in 2016. The column claims that a “quid pro quo”, which exited in 2016 would help Trump to sustain his presidency in exchange for a “new pro-Russian foreign policy.”
“Among other things, there was no ‘deal,’ and no ‘quid pro quo,’ between the Campaign or anyone affiliated with it, and Vladimir Putin or the Russian government,” the complaint reads.
The lawsuit suggests that both Frankel and the Times are in league with the Democratic Party, citing an interview where the op-ed author described himself as a “Democrat with a vengeance” while saying that the newspaper had “endorsed the Democrat” in every Presidential election for the past 60 years.
“There is extensive evidence that The Times is extremely biased against the Campaign, and against Republicans in general,” the lawsuit, filed by the Trump campaign, reads.
The Trump campaign is seeking “millions of dollars” in damages as part of the suit.
Harder provided TPM with a copy of the lawsuit showing that it had been filed.