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A federal judge dismissed a 2019 lawsuit filed by President Donald Trump accusing CNN of libel, court documents revealed Thursday.

In an article published in June 2019, CNN contributor Larry Noble touched upon former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, writing that he believes Mueller “may have been a little too optimistic” that his investigation could deter future campaigns from relying on foreign influence on US elections.

“Mueller may have believed that explaining both the ban on soliciting and accepting foreign national contributions and his concerns about the evidence would deter future campaigns from seeking help from foreign governments, while avoiding the potential risks of filing criminal charges,” he wrote in the op-ed.

“The Trump campaign assessed the potential risks and benefits of again seeking Russia’s help in 2020 and has decided to leave that option on the table,” Noble wrote in the op-ed, as cited in the court documents.

Trump sued CNN for libel citing that specific statement, saying it was “defamatory and false and that, at the time of publication, Defendants knew it was false,” according to court documents.

CNN argued that the story was a political op-ed, and thus the “statements of …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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