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Trump case against CNN thrown out

July 31, 2023

A federal judge has thrown out Donald Trump’s $475 million (€430.5m) defamation case against CNN, in which the former US President claimed the network’s description of his election fraud theory as the “big lie” had associated him with Adolf Hitler.

Judge Raag Singhal, who was nominated by Trump in 2019, said CNN’s words were opinion, not fact, and therefore could not be the subject of a defamation claim.

“CNN’s statements while repugnant, were not, as a matter of law, defamatory,” wrote Singhal, who sits in federal court in Florida, near Trump’s home at his Mar-a-Lago resort.

A Trump spokesperson said: “We agree with the highly respected judge’s findings that CNN’s statements about President Trump are repugnant. CNN will be held responsible for their wrongful mistreatment of President Trump and his supporters.”

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