Trump to have strong look at U.S. libel laws


"This is something every American's concerned about, and that is, strengthening libel laws to punish those who publish unflattering books about you", "Live" host Jimmy Kimmel said during his opening monologue Wednesday.

The president's interview doubles down on on Wednesday during a public Cabinet session.

"Our current libel laws are a sham and a disgrace", he added, "and do not represent American values or American fairness".

'We're going to open up those libel laws.

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"We want fairness. Can't say things that are false, knowingly false, and be able to smile as money pours into your bank account", Trump said. "So we're going to take a strong look at that". That was fitting, considering the implementation details are nearly impossible.

The Supreme Court's 1964 landmark freedom of the press ruling determined that the media couldn't knowingly report false information about public figures like Trump without taking a legal hit.

"Actual malice (reckless disregard for the truth) can be proven by the fact that the book admits in the Introduction that it contains untrue statements", the cease-and-desist letter says. Under the First Amendment people are free to denigrate and offend the President or anyone else, a freedom with which the President should be well-acquainted given his own penchant for insulting political opponents. Someone should mention to the president that neither of those outcomes is accomplished through executive order.

President criticized the United States Congress for a lack of willingness to look into libel laws, even though libel is, in a published Thursday.

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So, what are libel laws?


So why would Trump suddenly thrust the libel issue out there? Time to make them hurt.

The President made no mention of "Fire and Fury", the new Michael Wolff book that takes a critical look at Trump's first year in office.

He's expressing solidarity with the defamation suit filed by his personal attorney Michael D. Cohen against BuzzFeed and Fusion GPS, the firm behind the Christopher Steele dossier. Trump better grow some thicker skin.

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Just past year, Trump himself relied on generous libel protections to escape accountability for some nasty statements he'd made about Republican strategist Cheri Jacobus.

"It just shows everyone how broken and unfair our Court System is when the opposing side in a case (such as DACA) always runs to the 9th Circuit and nearly always wins before being reversed by higher courts", Trump tweeted Wednesday.

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. The courts tossed the complaint.

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