Trump Campaign to Sue CNN – Demands ‘Substantial’ Damages From Bias Following O’Keefe Undercover Video Exposé
The Trump campaign threatened to sue CNN and demanded ‘substantial’ damages over ‘pro-impeachment bias’ following Project Veritas’ latest undercover exposé.
Trump’s attorney Charles J. Harder wrote a 4-page letter to CNN, Jeff Zucker and Executive Vice President David Vigilante citing O’Keefe’s latest undercover videos showing CNN staffers talking about Jeff Zucker’s demands to go all in on Trump impeachment coverage and ignore other important stories.
The Washington Examiner reported:
Outraged by secretly-taped anti-Trump comments attributed to CNN President Jeff Zucker and others at the cable network, President Trump’s campaign is vowing to sue the company for “a substantial payment of damages.”
Listing several examples from the just-released Project Veritas videotapes of CNN insiders describing Zucker’s demand for “impeachment above all else,” Harder wrote that they “are merely the tip of the iceberg of the evidence my clients have accumulated over recent years.”
He added, “Never in the history of this country has a President been the subject of such a sustained barrage of unfair, unfounded, unethical and unlawful attacks by so-called ‘mainstream’ news, as the current situation.”
While media is typically protected by the First Amendment, Harder said the bias he cited at CNN was a violation of the Lanham Act “by constituting misrepresentations to the public, to your advertisers, and to others” to distribute “truly fair and balanced” news.
“Accordingly, my clients intend to file legal action against you, to seek compensatory damages, treble damages, punitive damages, injunctive relief, reimbursement of legal costs, and all other available legal and equitable remedies, to the maximum extent permitted by law,” said the letter.
What’s more, he suggested that even if the campaign and CNN come to an agreement, he would seek money as part of that deal.
Project Veritas released part 1 through 3 of its #ExposeCNN series this week exposing Jeff Zucker’s “personal vendetta” against Trump.
CNN insider Cary Poarch blew the whistle on the Trump-hating news network and told Project Veritas, “I want to chase the facts, like the motto that CNN put out earlier this year, ‘the facts first,’ that’s what I want the news to be. That’s what it should be. That’s what it used to be.”
And CNN staffers agree with Cary Poarch.
Patrick Davis, Manager of Field Operations at CNN: “…I hate seeing what we were and what we could be and what we’ve become. It’s just awful…I mean, we could be so much better than what we are…And the buck stops with him (Zucker).”
Nick Neville, CNN Media Coordinator: “He (Zucker) basically said f**k all the other stories.”