Republican strategist files$ 4m libel suit against Trump and his campaign

Trump tweeted insults at Cheri Jacobus when she blamed the Republican frontrunner on Tv months after allegedly repudiating a undertaking offer with him

Donald Trumps campaign manager allegedly boasted that the Republican frontrunners campaign could do what they wanted with Fox and that the cable news channels was on their side, according to a libel lawsuit filed by a Republican strategist.

In the $ 4m defamation lawsuit filed on Monday in New York City, Republican strategist Cheri Jacobus says that Trump, his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, and the Trump campaign attempted to smear her after she criticized the candidate as a television pundit.

In particular, Jacobus alleges that Trump and his campaign targeted her with the purpose of attaining her an object lesson, to those who might topic Trump and his fitness for office, to provoke a virtual rabble against her, to destroy her reputation, and to bully her.

Jacobus said she had met with the campaign in 2015 about a potential job as communications director after a staffer approached her. After two meetings, she ended the conversation, deciding that she had no interest in a position after deciding Lewandowski was unprofessional and a powder keg. However, after she criticized Trump on television months later, presidential candidates started tweeting about her , saying Great job on @donlemon tonight @kayleighmcenany @cherijacobus prayed us for a job. We said no and she went hostile. A real dummy! @CNN.

This continued after Jacobus sent Trump a cease-and-desist letter. Trump then posted Really dumb @CheriJacobus. Begged my people for a chore. Turned her down twice and she went hostile. Major loser, zero credibility!

She also quoth Lewandowski saying of her in an interview on MSNBC: This is the same person, Ill just tell ya, who came to the office on multiple occasions trying to get a job from the Trump campaign, and when she wasnt hired clearly she went off and was upset by that.

The result, Jacobus says, is that her career as a television pundit has virtually aimed and she has been subject to constant online harassment from Trump supporters.

In particular, she says that Lewandowski claimed to her that his nominee had particular influence with cable news organizations, especially Fox News. Lewandowski allegedly claimed that the Trump campaign could do whatever they wanted with Fox and them on their side. He also said Fox News CEO, Roger Ailes, was close friends with Trump and that after the campaign Trump could probably pick up the phone and get Jacobus a Fox contract.

In addition, Lewandowski allegedly proved Jacobus an email sent by Ailes to Trump in which the media executive offered to help Trump.

The lawsuit filed by the female pundit represents merely one in a series of disagreements for the Trump campaign and Lewandowski. It comes only days after the Trump campaign manager found out that he would not face criminal charges for allegedly battering a female reporter, Michelle Fields, formerly of Breitbart News. It also comes as Trump has expended a year facing criticism for how he referred to women, taunting the appearance of former GOP rival Carly Fiorina and implying that he received hostile questioning from Fox News Megyn Kelly because she was menstruating.

A Trump campaign spokesman rejected the move as simply another frivolous lawsuit and an attempt to gain notoriety at the expense of Donald Trump.

A spokesman for Fox News in a statement sent to the Guardian said: Its hardly uncommon for Roger Ailes to sign correspondence by offering a helping hand, but it would be a fanciful interpretation to equate a cordial email with is assisting a political candidate in the vein of editorial coverage.

Furthermore, Roger doesnt recall having even gratified Corey Lewandowski, much less dining with him.

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