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

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

Former US President Donald Trump has sued CNN for defamation, seeking $475 million in punitive damages and claiming the network waged a “campaign of libel and slander” against him.

Trump claims in his lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Monday, Oct. 3, that CNN used its considerable influence as a top news outlet to defeat him politically.

Trump, a Republican, claims in the 29-page lawsuit that CNN had long criticized him but had stepped up its attacks in recent months because the network feared he might run for president again in 2024.

“As part of its concerted effort to tip the political balance to the left, CNN attempted to smear the plaintiff with a series of increasingly outrageous, false and defamatory labels of ‘racist’, ‘Russian lackey’, ‘insurgent’, 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, did not say whether he would seek re-election.

The lawsuit comes as Trump faces significant legal issues, including a criminal investigation by the US Justice Department into keeping government records at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida after leaving office in January. 2021.

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