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Could Barack Obama Sue Donald Trump For Libel?

Slate offers evidence that the former President could have a case against the current one for the infamous wiretapping claims.

Donald Trump caused a media firestorm over the weekend for tweeting that former President Barack Obama wiretapped the Trump Tower phone lines during the 2016 presidential election.

A spokesperson for Obama said that the accusations against him are "simply false," and that a cardinal rule of the former presidential administration was "that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice."

Slate writer John Culhane unveiled an article that says that Obama has the possibility to sue Trump for libel, however, a libel case against a sitting President has the possibility for hurdles.

According to the piece, "Under the prevailing law in most states, a plaintiff can win by showing that the statement is false, that the defendant “published” it, and that the plaintiff’s reputation was harmed as a result. In this case, “publishing” means that the defaming information was communicated in such a way that people could understand it. If the communication is in writing, it’s called libel and damages are presumed from the false publication itself."

The famous libel case New York Times Co. v. Sullivan makes it a lot more challenging for Obama to win a libel case against Trump if he wanted to sue. Obama would have to prove that Trump made the statement in "reckless disregard" for the truth, meaning he has to prove that Trump knew the statement was false when he tweeted it. That could be simple, however, Culhane writes that since he is the President, Trump gets certain protections from civil lawsuits.

"As the court said in 1972, in Nixon v. Fitzgerald, the president is 'an easily identifiable target for civil damages,'" the article says, but the protections of his position give him "absolute immunity" in a civil case, due to the President's "unique office."

Although Trump would be saved by his political position, his murky relationship with the judicial branch thanks to the first go-around for his immigration ban could possibly make his immunity more challenging.

Read the entire piece here.

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Barack Obama, Bill Clinton React To Death Of George H.W. Bush

George H.W. Bush has died, his office confirmed Friday (Nov. 30).  The 94-year-old former president, who had been battling health issues as of late, died in Houston. The cause of death was not specified.

Former President George W. Bush shared a statement on behalf of the Bush family calling their father “a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for.” Bush Sr.’s wife, Barbara Bush, died earlier this year.

Barack Obama and Bill Clinton reacted to the death with lengthy messages pointing to Bush’s service to the country. “America has lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush,” Obama tweeted. “While our hearts are heavy today, they are also filled with gratitude. Our thoughts are with the entire Bush family tonight – and all who were inspired by George and Barbara’s example.”

Clinton, who defeated Bush in the 1992 presidential election wrote, “Hillary and I mourn the passing of President George H. W. Bush, and give thanks for his great long life of service, love and friendship.” Clinton added that he was “grateful” for his moments with the elder Bush.

The World War II veteran born in Mitlon, Mass. in 1924, served as vice president to Ronald Regan from 1981 to 1989. The 41st president held office from 1989 to 1993. He advocated for a “kinder and gentler” nation but during his time in office, Bush Sr. fended off his share of criticism over the Gulf War, appointing Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court despite sexual harassment allegations, his speech on “restoring order” during the L.A. Riots, the failed “no new taxes” promise and more.

The Sr. Bush is one of two presidents in history whose sons also took office. He was also tied with Jimmy Carter as the oldest living former president.

Read Obama and Clinton's statement on Bush Sr. below.

America has lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush. While our hearts are heavy today, they are also filled with gratitude. Our thoughts are with the entire Bush family tonight – and all who were inspired by George and Barbara’s example. pic.twitter.com/g9OUPu2pjY

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 1, 2018

Hillary and I mourn the passing of President George H. W. Bush, and give thanks for his great long life of service, love and friendship. I am grateful for every minute I spent with him and will always hold our friendship as one of my life’s greatest gifts. https://t.co/1CYdrIeKmz

— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) December 1, 2018

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Barack Obama Suggests Donald Trump Has "Mommy Issues"

Barack Obama may not have mentioned Donald Trump's name during a recent speech, but the critique of the president was no less obvious.

During the Obama Foundation's second annual summit in Chicago, the former president spoke to the crowd about why the country's problems haven't been solved, and what he thinks can be done to bring about needed change.

“We are still confused, blind, shrouded with hate, anger, racism, and mommy issues,” Obama said to a crowd that erupted in laughter. “We are fraught with stuff, and so if that is the case, then the single most important thing we have to invest in is … people. We have got to get people to figure out how they work together in a cooperative, thoughtful, constructive way.”

Now that the midterm elections are over and the Democrats have taken control of the House, Obama's jabs at Trump will remain nameless, but no less subliminal.

“You literally can remake the world right now, because it badly needs remaking,” Obama said making another critique at the Trump administration.

According to a Politico article examing Trump's relationship with his mother Mary Anne Trump, the author writes how the Scottish immigrant's inability to bond with her son had a profound effect on him and seeped its way into the many failed relationship he's had with women.

The article states Trump's mother sustained an unspecified life-threatening illness when he was a child, prohibiting them from developing a relationship. Trump's father Fred was absent from the home as he was building the Trump real estate empire. Young Donald was in awe of his father and was reportedly detached from his mother.

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Stacey Abrams To Sue Georgia For “Gross Mismanagement” Of State Elections

Stacey Abrams has ended her bid to become governor of the state of Georgia, but she’s not slowing down. During a speech from her Georgia headquarters Friday (Nov. 16), Abrams thanked supporters and announced plans to file a federal lawsuit against Georgia for “gross mismanagement” of state elections.

Abrams made it clear that she wasn't conceding the race to opponent Brian Kemp. "Concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true or proper," she explained. "As a woman of conscience and faith, I cannot concede that. But, my assessment is the law currently allows no further viable remedy.

"Now, I can certainly bring a new case to keep this one contest alive, but I don't want to hold public office if I need to scheme my way into the post," Abrams continued. "Because the title of governor isn't nearly as important as our shared title -- voters. And that is why we fight on and why I want to say thank you to those of you who organized your community and shattered records."

In a series of tweets Friday, Abrams reiterated her plan to take legal action.“Today, I announce the launch of Fair Fight Georgia, an operation that will pursue accountability in Georgia’s elections and integrity in the process of maintaining our voting rolls,” Abrams revealed. “In the coming days, we will be filing a major federal lawsuit against the state of Georgia for the gross mismanagement of this election and to protect future elections from unconstitutional actions.”

The statement aligns with the Democrat’s campaign against her Republican opponent, whom she called out for voter suppression tactics against disenfranchised communities.

Kemp was Georgia’s sectary of state at the time of the campaign, and was in charge of overseeing the same election that he ran in against Abrams.  The 55-year-old politician resigned from the position one day after declaring himself the “clear and convincing” winner in the November 6 midterms.

The governor's race triggered a recount of previously rejected absentee ballots, which a Georgia state judge ruled had to be counted before the winner could be determined. Since Abrams ended her campaign, Kemp is the automatic victor.

Read Abrams’ tweets below.

Because of your support, a little Black girl from the Deep South was within striking distance of a sitting Republican Secretary of State to be Georgia's 83rd Governor.

— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) November 17, 2018

The movement we built together is only the beginning. We must keep fighting for the people who have always felt left behind, and for the communities whose security and status are now in question.

— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) November 17, 2018

In the coming days, we will be filing a major federal lawsuit against the state of Georgia for the gross mismanagement of this election and to protect future elections from unconstitutional actions. #gapol

— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) November 17, 2018

Because these votes are our voices. We are each entitled to our choices. As Georgians, we have always been at the forefront of speaking truth to whatever power may lay claim to leadership – if only for the moment. We will win because we are Georgia. And we WILL get it done. - SYA

— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) November 17, 2018

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