In the wake of recent footage released by Project Veritas showing significant anti-Trump/pro-impeachment bias at CNN, President Trump’s campaign is vowing to sue the network for “a substantial payment of damages,” according to an exclusive report from Paul Bedard at the Washington Examiner.
In a four-page letter to CNN, Zucker, and Executive Vice President David Vigilante, Trump attorney Charles J. Harder cited years of anti-Trump bias at the network and claimed the cable giant has broken its promise of “excellence in journalism.”
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.”
Of course, the media is protected by the First Amendment. However, Trump’s attorney, who represents him and his campaign, said in a letter to CNN that the network’s bias violates 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.
“Please contact the undersigned to discuss an appropriate resolution of this matter, which would include a substantial payment of damages, as well as all other appropriate measures that are necessary to fully address the magnitude of the situation,” wrote Harder in the letter sent by overnight mail and email on Wednesday.
According to Harder, CNN is violating journalism ethics. The letter, dated Wednesday, came before CNN falsely claimed the White House admitted to a quid pro quo with Ukraine. I’m sure that will be added to the already large pile of evidence cited by Harder.