Trump Announces “Intent To File” Defamation Lawsuit Against CNN
“I have notified CNN of my intent to file a lawsuit over their repeated defamatory statements against me,” Trump said in a statement through his Save America PAC.
“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. I will never stop fighting for the truth and for the future of our Country!”
The 282-page letter dated July 21 from Trump’s legal team to CNN executives calls on the network to “publish a full and fair correction, apology, or retraction” of numerous alleged “false and defamatory” claims about Trump within 10 days.
James Trusty, one of Trump’s attorneys, estimates that CNN aired “defamatory comments” about the former president 7,700 times.
“Failure to publish such a correction, apology, or retraction will result in the filing of a lawsuit and damages being sought against you, CNN,” the letter read.
Much of the alleged defamation stems from the network’s coverage of Trump’s claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
“President Trump harbors a subjective belief that he was unfairly deprived of a second term in office. This is particularly valid in the context of an incumbent president receiving over 74 million votes, a record number for any Republican candidate in history,” the letter read.
“By refusing to acknowledge President Trump could be correct or that he could genuinely believe his contention is correct, CNN has willfully acted in disregard for the truth and has acted with reckless disregard for the truth. CNN’s relentless and willful campaign to brand President Trump a ‘liar’ and purveyor of the ‘Big Lie’ is defamatory in nature.”