‘Lawfare’ Could Become Trump Tool Against Adversaries (VOA)

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By Steve Herman

STATE DEPARTMENT — Use of the law as a weapon of war may find favor with the Trump administration, according to some scholars and attorneys.

The concept is popularly known as “lawfare,” and is used to reach strategic objectives traditionally achieved by the use of lethal weapons.

One lawfare specialist predicts the new U.S. president will find the practice familiar, noting Donald Trump’s use of law as a weapon in his business.

Trump “sued his business adversaries some 1,900 times in the past decades, which, according to the study, is far out of proportion from what similar businesses were doing,” said Arizona State University law professor Orde Kittrie, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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