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WashPost: Trump's 'Desperate' Cease and Desist Won't Silence Bannon

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By    |   Thursday, 04 January 2018 11:13 AM

President Donald Trump's cease and desist letter to former adviser Steve Bannon most likely won't escalate into a full-blown lawsuit, The Washington Post reports.

Trump's attorney, Charles Harder, sent the letter to Bannon on Wednesday night, after an excerpt from the former White House staffer's upcoming book was released. The letter claims that Bannon "breached" a nondisclosure agreement by "disclosing confidential information" to his co-writer "and making disparaging" and "defamatory statements" about Trump and his family. 

However, "without legal action, specifically a lawsuit, such a letter is just a piece of paper. So should Bannon refuse to comply with the letter, Trump would have to sue to enforce it," the Post's Samantha Schmidt wrote Thursday morning, citing legal professor Orly Lobel of the University of San Diego School of Law.

If Trump does bring a lawsuit against Bannon it could force the president to testify under oath, and since he is a public figure Trump would have to prove that the statements made by Bannon were "false, damaging and delivered with actual malice, meaning that Bannon knew his comments were false and made them anyway."

Multiple lawyers pointed out the flaws in Trump's strategy on Twitter:

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