The Immediate past president of the United States, Donald Trump, has sued an American-based International Television Station, Cable News Network (CNN) for defamation of character and seeking $475 million in punitive damages.
Trump filed a case at the US District Court in Florida accusing CNN of wagging a campaign of “libel and slander” against him because it fears he will contest the presidency of the country in 2024.
“(The) CNN has sought to use its massive influence – purportedly as a ‘trusted’ news source – to defame the plaintiff in the minds of its viewers and readers for the purpose of defeating him politically,” Trump’s lawyers said in the 29-page complaint.
In a follow-up statement laced with outrage, Trump said on Monday that “in the coming weeks and months, we will also be filing lawsuits against a large number of other Fake News Media Companies for their lies, defamation, and wrongdoing,” notably regarding coverage of the 2020 election.
The 76-year-old Republican also said his team “may bring appropriate action against” the congressional committee currently investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol by his supporters, saying the panel refused to probe “the massive Presidential Election Fraud” which he insists occurred.
Recall that Trump had always taken to social media to brand CNN and the New York Times as Fake News for always being confrontational on his matter.
The former president, who has hinted repeatedly at another White House run, accused CNN in the lawsuit of involvement in a “concerted effort to tilt the political balance to the Left.”
He said CNN has tried to “taint” him with a “series of ever-more scandalous, false, and defamatory labels of ‘racist,’ ‘Russian lackey,’ ‘insurrectionist,’ and ultimately ‘Hitler.’”