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Trump's lawyers: Courts have no say over his Twitter feed

5 years 7 months 2 weeks ago Saturday, October 14 2017 Oct 14, 2017 October 14, 2017 2:29 PM October 14, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
NEW YORK - Lawyers for President Donald Trump say a judge should reject a lawsuit challenging Trump's ability to block his critics from following him on Twitter.
The lawyers filed papers late Friday to try to put an end to a Manhattan federal court lawsuit that makes First Amendment claims. They say Trump's Twitter feed, which has more than 40 million followers, is not state action.
The lawsuit was filed in July by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and seven people rejected by Trump after criticizing the president.
Jameel Jaffer, the institute's director, said Trump's lawyers were wrong in their legal analysis. He said in a statement Saturday that the president is not above the law.
The lawsuit claims Trump's decision to block some individuals was a viewpoint-based restriction.

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