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Trump Still Does Not Understand the ‘Libel Laws’

April 2018 Bar Bulletin

By Gene Barton

Donald Trump recently renewed his war against free speech and the free press following the release of Michael Wolff’s scathing look at the first year of Trumpism: Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Shortly after the book’s release, Trump issued a live statement during a Cabinet meeting in which — as he did during the presidential campaign when miffed about The New York Times’ reporting and threatened to sue the newspaper — he again called for a move to “open up the libel laws.”

As quoted by the Associated Press and Politico, Trump called the “current libel laws a sham...

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