Last week, David McCraw, vice president and assistant general counsel of the New York Times, slammed Donald Trump in a scathing letter after Trump threatened to sue the newspaper for libel for publishing the detailed accounts of two women who came forward to accuse Trump of sexual assault. The Times letter reminded us of this story.
In December 2015, Trump threatened Miami healthcare magnate Mike Fernandez––a top Jeb Bush political donor––with legal action over Miami Herald newspaper ads that slammed Trump as a "narcissistic BULLYionaire." Fernandez did not notify the Bush campaign of his plans. “You have no idea how furious I am with my friends in the Republican Party who have embraced this guy,” Fernandez, who planned to run similar ads in Des Moines and Las Vegas newspapers, said at the time. Trump's attorney, Alan Garten, also sent a letter to James Robinson, the treasurer of Jeb Bush's Right to Rise (RTR) leadership PAC. Shortly afterward, Charlie Spies, the D.C. based counsel to RTR, sent a response.