(1/x) Coverage of the effort to prevent distribution of Bolton’s book should note Trump’s remarkable record of attempting to interfere with speech/press activities — and either failing or not following through. A sample of that record, dating to the announcement of candidacy:
10:32 p. m. · 20 jun. 2020·Twitter Web App
-Trump admin suspended journalist Brian Karem’s White House credentials. A court found that the suspension violated Karem’s constitutional rights.
-Trump blocked various critics from his Twitter feed. He got sued, and a federal appeals court held that the blocking was a form of unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination.
-After Bob Woodward’s book «Fear» came out, Trump said «Washington politicians» should change libel law so he could go after Woodward. Libel law has not changed.
-Trump’s lawyer sent a cease-and-desist letter to the author and publisher of «Fire and Fury,» threatening libel litigation in the event of publication. The book became a bestseller, and Trump did not sue.
-Trump admin revoked CNN correspondent Jim Acosta’s White House credentials. A court found that the suspension violated Acosta’s constitutional rights.
-Trump’s lawyer threatened to sue CNN for calling itself a news organization. No suit has been filed.
-Trump’s lawyer threatened to sue The Daily Beast for reporting related to Trump’s divorce from Ivana. He did not sue.
-Trump threatened to sue The Washington Post for reporting related to his Taj Mahal casino. He did not sue.
-Trump’s lawyer threatened to sue The Associated Press for reporting related to the Trump Ocean Club. He did not sue.
-Trump announced on Twitter that his lawyers wanted to sue The New York Times for «irresponsible intent» (a claim that does not exist). He did not sue.
-Trump’s lawyer threatened to sue The New York Times for publishing some of Trump’s tax records. He did not sue.
-Trump’s lawyer threatened to sue The New York Times for reporting related to claims that he inappropriately touched women. He did not sue.
-Trump campaign sent a cease-and-desist letter to CNN over a national poll showing Trump well behind Joe Biden. CNN rebuffed the letter.
-Trump campaign filed libel suits against CNN, The Washington Post, and The New York Times — over opinion pieces published in 2019. The suits are meritless.
-Trump campaign threatened to sue television stations for carrying ads criticizing the admin’s pandemic response. So far a suit has been filed against a Wisconsin station. It is, of course, meritless.
-It has been reported that Trump is considering a lawsuit over Mary Trump’s forthcoming book about the president and his family. That’s all for now. And again, this is just a sample of the record.
-Trump rarely sues, because when he does it opens up discovery.
– Coverage of the effort to prevent distribution of Bolton’s book should note Trump’s remarkable… https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1274440038093336577.html… Enjoy 🙂