Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lawsuit Lawyers: Trump Tweets 'An Instrument of Governance'

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lawsuit Lawyers: Trump Tweets 'An Instrument of Governance'

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NEW YORK * First Amendment advocates challenging President Donald Trump for blocking some critics from following him on Twitter say his tweets are "an instrument of governance."

The lawyers asked a judge in papers filed in Manhattan federal court late Friday to rule in their favor and stop the president and his media team from blocking followers whose comments he doesn't like.

They did so after government lawyers argued in papers three weeks ago that a court should conclude Trump can choose not to hear some voices in an online account he began when he was a private citizen.

"The president uses the account for his speech, not as a forum for the private speech of others," lawyers for the U.S. Department of Justice wrote.

Trump's eight-year-old @realDonaldTrump account has nearly 42 million followers.

The lawsuit was filed in July by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and seven people rejected by Trump after criticizing the president. …

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