WaPo Says Trump Libel Suit Lacks Evidence Of 'Actual Malice'

Law360 (July 21, 2020, 4:08 PM EDT) -- The Washington Post fired back at President Donald Trump's reelection campaign over its recent defamation suit, telling a D.C. federal judge that the two opinion pieces being challenged are constitutionally protected statements of opinion under federal and New York law and that the complaint runs counter to the First Amendment.

The Post late Monday asserted this view in a 47-page motion urging U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to dismiss the complaint. The publication argued that the articles by left-leaning commentators Greg Sargent and Paul Waldman were "clearly labeled" as opinions based on facts disclosed in the Mueller report and an ABC News interview...

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