MINGO COUNTY, W.Va (WTAP) - Former Massy Energy CEO and U.S Senate candidate Don Blankenship has filed a defamation lawsuit against one of the president's sons.
In a press release issued on Sunday, Blankenship outlined that he is suing Trump JR. for quote "his role in spreading what President Trump calls "fake news".
Blankenship claims a tweet sent out by Trump Jr. was part of a conspiracy in the Republican party to sabotage his campaign for United States senate in 2018.
The press release also went on to say that Blankenship was falsely charged with three felonies which came on the heels of a deadly mining explosion that killed 29 at the Upper Big Branch mine.
Blankenship was found guilty in 2015 of a misdemeanor charge of conspiring to willfully violate mine safety and health standards.
Blankenship is asking for damages for defamation, false light invasion of privacy, and an injunction against trump junior to have the tweet removed from public access.
The complete lawsuit has been added to this article in the related document section.
Some of the tweets mentioned in the lawsuit can be found below:
I hate to lose. So I'm gonna go out on a limb here and ask the people of West Virginia to make a wise decision and reject Blankenship!— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 3, 2018
No more fumbles like Alabama. We need to win in November. #wv #wvpol
Ha, now I’m establishment? No, I’m realistic & I know the first thing Manchin will do is run ads featuring the families of those 29 miners killed due to actions that sent you to prison. Can’t win the general... you should know that & if others in the GOP won’t say it, I will. https://t.co/3dBmoVrMF1— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 3, 2018