Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., the re-election committee for the sitting president, filed a libel suit against The Washington Post in federal court on Tuesday. The complaint, filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, alleges that the newspaper published two articles containing “false and defamatory statements” in June 2019. It also explained that the campaign has filed the lawsuit in order to properly inform “readers (and the rest of the world) of the true facts.”
The first article is an opinion piece by Post opinion writer Greg Sargent. The Campaign’s complaint states that the article made the defamatory statement that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation found Trump’s campaign “tried to conspire with” Russia during the 2016 presidential elections. The complaint states the report actually concluded the opposite.
The second article at issue, written by Post opinion writer Paul Waldman, asked, “Who knows what sort of aid Russia and North Korea will give to the Trump campaign, now that he has invited them to offer their assistance?” The complaint claims that this statement is false and defamatory.
The campaign seeks compensatory damages “in the millions of dollars,” presumed and punitive damages, and the money to cover the cost of the suit.