Bernie Sanders has hit out at Donald Trump, after it was reported that the president’s campaign was suing the New York Times for libel.
The lawsuit, filed in the New York Supree Court claims the article falsely reports on a conspiracy between the president and Russia.
“Let’s be clear: we have a president who believes he is above the law and can do and say whatever he wants without consequences,” Sanders said in a statement on Wednesday.
“Donald Trump has ignored the Constitution, disregarded the will of Congress, and attacked the judiciary.”
“Trump has called the press the ‘enemy of the people,’ and now – taking a page from his dictator friends around the world – is trying to dismantle the right to a free press in the First Amendment by suing the New York Times for publishing an opinion column about his dangerous relationship with Russia.”
“Donald Trump is the most dangerous president in modern history, and this November we will defeat him, restore the rule of law, and protect our constitutional rights.”
A spokesperson for the New York Times said the Trump campaign was turning to the courts to try and punish an opinion writer for having an opinion.
“Fortunately, the law protects the right of Americans to express their judgments and conclusions, especially about events of public importance,” the spokesperson said.