Judge orders Bannon to sit down and discuss Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Donald Trump Jr. in court

A federal judge granted Bannon the right to avoid addressing Bruce Bueno de Mesquita’s claims related to news organization Nikos Kazantzakis, executive vice president of Monarch Media Inc. and former division president of New…

Judge orders Bannon to sit down and discuss Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Donald Trump Jr. in court

A federal judge granted Bannon the right to avoid addressing Bruce Bueno de Mesquita’s claims related to news organization Nikos Kazantzakis, executive vice president of Monarch Media Inc. and former division president of New Media Strategies.

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita is suing former Trump campaign chairman Steve Bannon for defamation. He claims that Bannon, “falsely accused him of being involved in ‘peddling false and false’ information related to the assassination attempt on Nikos Kazantzakis, a man who was a close political associate of John F. Kennedy and tried to assassinate him.”

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Steve Bannon’s lawyers say, is the latest in a long line of individuals to target Trump’s former campaign officials and allies, at times including campaign staffers. According to his complaint, Bueno de Mesquita has been “using the Court to serve Trump surrogates and other associates in an effort to avoid disclosing his true identity.”

Bueno de Mesquita’s lawyers push back: “It is unfortunate that the other side in this dispute is willing to play what appears to be an incredible game of ‘Hey, let’s prove we are good guys by making false allegations and then filing a frivolous lawsuit. To do so defies logic and good judgment.”

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