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Trump sues CNN claiming defamation, seeks $475 million in punitive damages

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as he attends a rally in Warren, Michigan, U.S., October 1, 2022. REUTERS/Chery Dieu-Nalio/File Photo

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) -Former U.S. president Donald Trump sued CNN for defamation on Monday, seeking $475 million in punitive damages and claiming the network had carried out a "campaign of libel and slander" against him.

Trump claims in his lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, that CNN had used its considerable influence as a leading news organization to defeat him politically.

CNN declined to comment on the case.

Trump, a Republican, claims in the 29-page lawsuit that CNN had a long track record of criticizing him but had ramped up its attacks in recent months because the network feared that he would run again for president in 2024.

"As a part of its concerted effort to tilt the political balance to the left, CNN has tried to taint the Plaintiff with a series of ever-more scandalous, false, and defamatory labels of 'racist,' 'Russian lackey,' 'insurrectionist,' and ultimately 'Hitler,'" the lawsuit claims.

The lawsuit lists several instances in which CNN appeared to compare Trump to Hitler, including a January 2022 special report by host Fareed Zakaria that included footage of the German dictator.

Trump, who in 2020 lost a re-election bid to Democrat Joe Biden, has not said whether he would seek re-election.

In a statement, the former president said he would be filing lawsuits against other major media companies "in the coming weeks and months," and that he could even take action against a congressional committee probing the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol by his supporters.

The lawsuit comes as the 76-year-old former president faces considerable legal woes, including a criminal investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for retaining government records at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida after leaving office in January 2021.

Trump was sued last month by New York state Attorney General Leticia James, who has accused him of lying to banks and insurers over the value of his assets.

Trump sues CNN claiming defamation, seeks $475 million in punitive damages
 

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jason xx
jason xx Oct 03, 2022 11:26PM ET
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Reporting trumps actual lies is defamatory?
Jimmy Doodoo
JimmyD Oct 03, 2022 11:26PM ET
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Trump truss is collusion was a lie, and CNN ran with it for three years!
Jimmy Doodoo
JimmyD Oct 03, 2022 11:26PM ET
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Meant to type Trump-Russia
rob finch
rob finch Oct 03, 2022 9:30PM ET
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I don't know what hes worried about. Nobody watches CNN.
Trevor Roberts
LimitUp Oct 03, 2022 9:06PM ET
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Go after the machine Trump!
Maximus Maximus
Maximus Maximus Oct 03, 2022 9:06PM ET
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weak little minion simping for a criminal commie lover
Ac Tektrader
Ac Tektrader Oct 03, 2022 8:31PM ET
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the maga movement supported proudly by Putin and the enemies of America.. bigoted, racist, like it's leader Donald Trump. its time to bring Trump down.... lock him up.
Ac Tektrader
Ac Tektrader Oct 03, 2022 8:25PM ET
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trump the con man with morals of an alley cat. serial liar, thief, cheating banks, customers, workers and the american government being investigated for bank fraud tax fraud election fraud and the espionage act. he was was willing to do anything to stay in power. including sedition, inserection, and treason. trump's Maga movement ...the movement to destroy American democracy....
Trevor Roberts
LimitUp Oct 03, 2022 8:25PM ET
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Ac the brain washed sheep
gab nea
gab nea Oct 03, 2022 7:49PM ET
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trump looks terrible lately and sounds like a cornered dog! this loser criminal was a president? OMG
Scot House
Scot House Oct 03, 2022 7:49PM ET
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Better president than the loser in office now.
Don Burris
Don Burris Oct 03, 2022 7:49PM ET
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Typical leftist response.
Ac Tektrader
Ac Tektrader Oct 03, 2022 7:49PM ET
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trump the con man with morals of an alley cat. serial liar, thief, cheating banks, customers, workers and the american government being investigated for bank fraud tax fraud election fraud and the espionage act. he was was willing to do anything to stay in power. including sedition, inserection, and treason. trump's Maga movement ...the movement to destroy American democracy....
Angus Malarkey
Angus Malarkey Oct 03, 2022 7:23PM ET
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I voted for The Donald because he was the lesser of the two evils.His contribution to American culture is to remove the negative association of LAWSUITS and BANKRUPTCY. Neither of which are a positive contribution, IMO.
Ac Tektrader
Ac Tektrader Oct 03, 2022 7:23PM ET
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so Angus.. you voted to help trump destroy american democracy...
Maximus Maximus
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commie lover trump wants to bring north korea to america, drooling at the thought of how his bff kim controls the press, "the truth" and everything else there
Ac Tektrader
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Trump hates a free press that reports the truth about his crimes against American democracy. Trump has been using the same playbook that all tyrants have used to destroy a nation's democracy and gain power.
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about time! America only understands when you take their money.
 
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