The Trump campaign announced on Wednesday that it has filed a libel lawsuit against The New York Times over a report that the campaign was aligned with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in an effort to defeat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.
Trump Senior Legal Advisor Jenna Ellis accused the paper of promulgating "100 percent false and defamatory" claims about the Trump campaign. The complaint asserts that the outlet was aware the claims it was publishing were false yet did so anyway, one of the qualifying features of defamation under United States libel law.
"The Times was well aware when it published these statements that they were not true," the suit says.
The article in question, "The Real Trump-Russia Quid Pro Quo," was published in March of 2019.