'Our current libel laws are a sham'

'Our current libel laws are a sham'

"Our current libel laws are a sham and a disgrace and do not represent American values or American fairness so we're going to take a strong look at that", he told reporters.

The tweeter-in-chief accused the media of "saying things that are false, knowingly false, and be able to smile as the money pours into your bank account".

Can Trump sue for defamation and win?

Under the laws Trump would like to institute, proving libel would be less about meeting a high legal standard than about pleasing him. "Change libel laws?" he asked in a tweet.

Last week, a lawyer working on Mr. Trump's behalf, Charles J. Harder of Harder Mirell & Abrams in Beverly Hills, Calif., sent an 11-page cease-and-desist letter to the publisher of Mr. Wolff's book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House".

Wolff said he relied on interviews with insiders and Trump himself to write the book. "We're in the position to report facts here, all of that about libel laws, that was just a word salad of nothingness", Smith said of Trump's remarks.

Hasn't Trump brought up libel laws before?

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Of course, this isn't the first time he's talked about reforming libel laws.

She saved her real ire, however, for Republican leaders who have been sitting on their hands while Trump continues to alienate and anger black voters.

What are lawyers saying about his latest remarks on libel laws?

The justices unanimously ruled that the First Amendment protects statements about public figures, including false ones, unless officials can prove actual malice.

Meanwhile, the president also addressed his latest call with South Korean President Moon Jae-In, who Mr. Trump says, was thankful for the role the US played in the talks between North Korea and South Korea this week over the North's participation in the Winter Olympics.

But unless you work in journalism, Hollywood or politics, it is unlikely you will ever have to learn much about defamation law, a patchwork of state laws that govern the crime of publishing deliberately false statements about someone with the intent of damaging that person. Public official libel suits were different: they were not (or not merely) attempts by individuals to redress damage to personal reputation, but rather were attempts by government to shut down criticism of official policy.

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