A federal appeals court has rejected a libel lawsuit Stormy Daniels brought against President Trump over his 2018 tweet calling her “a total con job.”
The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a previous 2018 ruling tossing the suit on the grounds that Trump’s comments amounted to an opinion protected by the First Amendment.
Daniels, who claims she had an affair with Trump — which he denies — had said she was approached in 2011 by a man who threatened her to keep quiet about the alleged relationship.
The case stems from Trump’s tweeted response to the alleged threat.
Trump retweeted side-by-side pictures of Stormy’s ex-husband and the sketch released by her then-lawyer Michael Avenatti of the alleged threatener — noting both looked like the same man.
“A sketch about a nonexistent man,” Trump tweeted.
“A total con job playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!”
Daniels had argued that Trump’s