[ExI] Justice Thomas ​wants the presadent to be able to sue for Libel

John Clark johnkclark at gmail.com
Thu Feb 21 01:43:20 UTC 2019

On Wed, Feb 20, 2019 at 12:42 PM Adrian Tymes <atymes at gmail.com> wrote:

> *There have been blatantly false allegations of specific politicians doing
> specific criminal activity which have resulted in demonstrable harm.
> Pizzagate, for example,*

I agree that was a grave injustice to Hillary Clinton, but I don't see how
a libel trial would have helped her. Anyone dumb enough to believe in
Pizzagate is unlikely to be convinced in her innocence by anything as
trivial as the truth. And besides putting somebody in jail because they bad
mouthed a presidential candidate would set a very bad example because next
time a sensational accusation against a candidate might turn out to be
true. And I've got to say a pee pee tape (or something equally bad)  is
looking more and more probable to me; otherwise it's very hard to
understand Trump's obsequence toward Putin that doesn't stop even when such
groveling causes him obvious political trouble.

> * > though Trump has alleged enough false things that it is at least
> considerable that he should be sued for libel*

For a politician who lies with the incredible frequency that Trump does a
impeachment trial would be far more effective for remedying that situation
than a libel trial.

John K Clark

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