According to the Washington Examiner:
President Trump’s reelection campaign Wednesday filed suit against the New York Times, accusing the paper of libel for an article it published related to Russian interference in the 2016 election.
The suit, filed in the New York State Supreme Court, marks a new escalation in Trump’s various fights with the media. The purpose of the litigation, the campaign said in a statement, was to “hold the news organization accountable for intentionally publishing false statements against President Trump’s campaign.”
The lawsuit claims the newspaper “knowingly published false and defamatory statements” in a story about the Trump campaign published March 27, 2019, alleging “an overarching deal” with “Vladimir Putin’s oligarchy” against rival Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election — an arrangement that would deliver “a new pro-Russian foreign policy, starting with relief from the Obama administration’s burdensome economic sanctions.”
A spokesperson for the New York Times shared the following statement:
“The Trump Campaign has turned to the courts to try to punish an opinion writer for having an opinion they find unacceptable. Fortunately, the law protects the rights of Americans to express their judgments and conclusions, especially about events of public importance. We look forward to vindicating that right in this case.”