Donald Trump Seeks To Dismiss Lawsuit Filed Against Him For Violating First Amendment

Written by on April 11, 2019

Fourth Estate Staff

Washington D.C., WA, United States (4E) – U.S. President Donald Trump is seeking to toss a lawsuit accusing him of repeatedly violating the First Amendment.

In October last year, PEN America Center filed a suit against Trump, alleging that he repeatedly violated the First Amendment and asked the court to prohibit the president from using the federal government “to retaliate or threaten reprisals against journalists and media outlets for coverage he dislikes.”

The organization particularly highlights the executive branch’s efforts to target Amazon by asking USPS to raise the merchant’s shipping rates after the Washington Post made comments against the president. Both Amazon and the Washington Post are owned by Jeff Bezos. PEN also cited reports that Trump meddled in the proposed merger of AT&T and CNN, the latter being a notorious Trump critic, AP reported.

In court filings obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, PEN argued that Trump’s actions seek to accomplish indirectly what he as president cannot do directly, and that is to restrict journalism and silence criticism.

On Wednesday the DOJ filed a motion to dismiss PEN’s complaint, arguing that the organization of writers does not have legal standing to sue and that they failed to indicate any plausible claim or relief they are entitled to.

The filing states that the injuries being claimed by PEN are “too subjective” and “too generalized to support relief.” They also compared PEN’s action to that filed by the Center for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington against Trump for alleged violations of emoluments clauses, the latter having been tossed by the court.

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