Trump campaign announces libel suit against Times over opinion piece

President Trump’s re-election campaign announced Wednesday that it was filing a libel suit against The New York Times for publishing an opinion article saying Trump’s 2016 campaign had an “overarching deal” with Russia trading “help in the campaign against Hillary Clinton for the quo of a new pro-Russian foreign policy.”

The suit, according to a draft released by the campaign, accused the Times of publishing the opinion piece by former executive editor Max Frankel with a “malicious motive” and “reckless disregard for the truth.”

A Times spokesperson said in a statement that the campaign was trying to “punish an opinion writer for having an opinion they find unacceptable.”

Legal experts said courts would likely reject the lawsuit on First Amendment grounds.

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