Legal experts highlight 3 glaring flaws in Trump’s lawsuit against NYT and​​ his niece

Legal experts highlight 3 glaring flaws in Trump’s lawsuit against NYT and​​ his niece
President Donald Trump pauses during the 9/11 Observance Ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Sept. 11, 2017. During the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, 184 people were killed at the Pentagon. To the left is first lady Melania Trump, and to the right are Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford. (DOD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dominique A. Pineiro)

President Donald Trump is moving forward with a lawsuit against his niece, Mary Trump, and the New York Times along with three of its reporters. However, legal experts are already pointing out glaring flaws in the lawsuit.

According to HuffPost, Trump is seeking $100 million for what he considers an "'insidious plot' to obtain his tax records that were used in reporting on his finances." Although Trump believes he has a legitimate argument worthy of a win in court, legal experts aren't so sure.

Here are a few reasons why they think Trump's lawsuit will fail in court.

1. The First Amendment: Freedom of Press

Appearing on MSNBC, Neal Katyal, former Principal Deputy Solicitor General for the Obama administration, shared his opinion of the lawsuit with network host Lawrence O'Donnell. Katyal said that he doesn't see the lawsuit going anywhere.

“Yeah, I'm going to go out on a limb and say this isn't going anywhere," Katya said. “I mean, He's complaining about stuff that happened a year ago."

"If the harm's so great, you wait until now?" he asked.

Citing the First Amendment, Katyal noted that he believes this lawsuit is over before it even kicks off. “And, you know, the big problem is here is something Trump hasn't read but we know, it's called the First Amendment, freedom of press," Katyal continued. “Good luck, Donald Trump, challenging that and suing The New York Times. This one, I think, we know the results already."


2. Lack of motive to build a solid case.

Joyce Vance, former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, also expressed concern about Trump's presumed lack of motive. Speaking to MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, she noted that the lawsuit appears to be an act of desperation. According to Vance, this lawsuit also appears to align with Trump's history of abusing the U.S. legal system.

“It does sound very much like someone who's desperate to try to turn the tables and certainly the former president has a history of trying to abuse the legal system for his own benefit," Vance said to Maddow. “So this looks like another chapter in that same book."

3. Once a loser, always a loser.

Katie Phang, an NBC News legal contributor, and former prosecutor, did not mince words when she shared her opinion of the lawsuit. In short, she believes it will be another loss added to Trump's lawsuit filing history.

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