New York Times responds to Trump’s lawsuit threat

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to the audience at a campaign rally in West Palm Beach, Florida. Photo by Mike Segar/Reuters

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to the audience at a campaign rally in West Palm Beach, Florida. Photo by Mike Segar/Reuters

The New York Times is responding to Donald Trump’s lawsuit threat by saying it welcomes the challenge.

The response came from David E. McCraw, vice president and assistant general counsel for the New York Times Company. He said in a letter Thursday that the public has a right to hear from women who say the Republican presidential nominee sexually assaulted them.

The Times published a story Wednesday quoting two women who said Trump had touched or kissed them without their consent. Trump denies the allegations.

Trump has threatened to sue the newspaper. McCraw wrote to a lawyer for Trump that if Trump believes the law protects him from critics, “we welcome an opportunity to have a court set him straight.”

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