Trump says administration looking at current libel laws

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Before the press was led out of the room, the president concluded by saying the administration would be looking into the country's libel laws, pushing for "meaningful recourse" in the courts for those who've been "abused". "We want fairness. You can't say things that are knowingly false and be able to smile as money pours into your bank account".

President Donald Trump gave the strongest indication yet that he views his current job as another reality-television program prior to a Cabinet meeting Wednesday afternoon.

President Donald Trump called the nation's libel laws "a sham and a disgrace" on Wednesday and promised to make it easier for people to sue publications for defamation, but some called his pledge an attack on the First Amendment. We're going to take a very, very strong look at that. "What the American people want to see is fairness".

'If I become president - oh, do they have problems, ' he told 8,000 screaming fans.

Equally striking was Trump's attempt to couch defamation laws in the rhetoric of his populist political movement. Under current US libel and defamation laws, which staunchly protect the First Amendment, would-be plaintiffs must prove that a media company knowingly and purposefully published false information, which is a very high bar to clear. For a public official to win a libel suit, the plaintiff must not only show that the defendant published a false and defamatory statement but that the defendant did so maliciously.

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The book set off a cascading string of events, part of which culminated with former Trump strategist Steve Bannon, who was widely quoted in the book, getting booted from his white nationalist perch at Breitbart. "If they were strong, it would be very helpful".

Days after a blistering book took shots at his administration, Trump renewed his call for a federal libel law to punish writers and broadcasters behind fake news and lies. "These are laws that originated hundreds of years ago in England".

In October, he blasted NBC News over a report that said he had sought to expand America's nuclear arsenal and later threatened to go after the network's broadcasting license, which does not exist.

In the University of Chicago Law School journal, Chicago Unbound, now-Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan in 1993 published a paper saying that the underlying reality of the case in Times v. Sullivan was a "governmental suppression of critical speech".

For now, Roth said, Trump's threat to change libel laws is just "another silly declaration" from the White House.

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