The legal firms of attorneys representing President Donald Trump and members of his inner circle have filed a lawsuit against the President and members.
The suit, filed in California, accuses the Trump Organization of using “defamatory statements” in a lawsuit filed by two former Trump business associates and others against the president.
It also claims that Trump has breached the public trust by failing to prevent his employees from defaming the president and disparaging his family.
The lawsuit was filed Monday in a San Francisco federal court and names Trump, his daughter Ivanka Trump, former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer and former press secretary Hope Hicks.
Trump’s legal team did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In its lawsuit, the lawyers argue that the President’s decision to fire the former campaign chairman, Corey Lewandos, “caused serious damage to Mr. Trump’s reputation and business reputation.”
“He is not a liar,” said the filing, which was filed by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is also the attorney for Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
“In the event of a future event, the President should have prevented Mr. Lewandowski from making false and defamatory comments against Mr. President, and Mr. Kushner should have immediately disclosed to the President his knowledge of Mr. Kellyanne Conway’s false and disparaging statements.”
“Mr. Trump should have made it clear to the Kellyannes and other future President-elects that the use of defamations is not okay,” the filing continues.
“It is against the law to use a defamating statement to damage or damage another person.”
A spokesman for Trump did not respond to multiple requests for comment from ESPN Cri on Monday.
Ivanka Trump has faced criticism for not publicly denouncing the president on social media and for being the only woman in the family to publicly endorse the President in recent months.
Trump was in office when his former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, resigned in February amid a series of sexual harassment allegations.
A former White Trump campaign aide, Corey Gersh, also stepped down in the wake of a series, including one involving Trump’s ex-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.
Gersh was one of the first Trump associates to go public with allegations against the billionaire.
He later joined the Trump campaign in March, and later joined his new team of campaign advisers.
Trump, who was elected in November, has since fired several top aides, including Priebus, the chief strategist and senior counselor, and Bannon, the former White Nationalist who helped him win the presidency.
Trump has repeatedly dismissed the allegations as “fake news.”