Former President Donald Trump sued journalist Bob Woodward on Monday, saying that Woodward never had permission to make public the recordings of interviews he did for the book “Rage.”
In federal court in Pensacola, Florida, the lawsuit was filed against Woodward, his publisher, Simon & Schuster Inc., and the publisher’s parent company, Paramount Global. Trump’s lawyers are asking for damages of almost $50 million.
In a joint response, Simon & Schuster and Woodward said that Trump’s lawsuit has no basis and that they will fight it hard. “All these interviews were on the record and recorded with President Trump’s knowledge and agreement,” the statement said.
“Moreover, it is in the public interest to have this historical record in Trump’s own words. We are confident that the facts and the law are in our favor.” The lawsuit says that Trump agreed to be recorded for a series of interviews between December 2019 and August 2020, but only for a book that Woodward was writing.
The book “Rage” came out in September 2021. Trump says that Woodward and Simon & Schuster Inc. broke his copyright by President Donald Trump.“ in November 2022.“The Trump Tapes: Bob Woodward’s Twenty Interviews with
The copyright lawsuit comes just a few weeks after a federal judge in West Palm Beach fined Trump and one of his lawyers nearly $1 million for filing what the judge said was a fake lawsuit against Trump’s 2016 opponent Hillary Clinton and others.
In a filing on January 19, U.S. District Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks said that Trump has a “pattern of abuse of the courts” by filing frivolous lawsuits for political reasons. He said this “undermines the rule of law” and “amounts to obstruction of justice.”
BREAKING: Trump is suing journalist Bob Woodward for $50 million for releasing recordings of interviews that he gave to the journalist in 2019 and 2020, claiming he never gave Woodward permission to release them. Good luck with that!
— CALL TO ACTIVISM (@CalltoActivism) January 30, 2023
Middlebrooks called Trump “a prolific and sophisticated litigant” who uses the courts “to seek revenge on political adversaries.” He did this by pointing to Trump’s recent lawsuits against the Pulitzer Prize board, the New York attorney general, big tech companies, and CNN.
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For almost 4 years, Jason Martin has been a freelance writer for newspapers, journals, blogs, books, and online material. He covers the most recent news as well as many other topics.