An attorney for the Trump campaign has indicated its intention to sue CNN over alleged pro-impeachment and anti-Trump bias in its reporting, according to The Washington Examiner.
In a letter sent to the network, CNN President Jeff Zucker, and Executive Vice President David Vigilante, Trump attorney Charles J. Harder pointed to recently released videos from right-wing activist group Project Veritas purporting to show CNN employees discussing Zucker’s disdain for President Donald Trump. At one point in the videos, an individual says Zucker has demanded “impeachment above all else."
Harder said the videos “are merely the tip of the iceberg of the evidence my clients have accumulated over recent years,” adding: “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.”
The attorney said CNN has showcased an anti-Trump bias for years and claimed that the network has broken its promise of “excellence in journalism.”
Harder, who represents both the president and his campaign, said First Amendment protections are not applicable here, claiming CNN’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.
Further, Harder said he will seek “substantial payment of damages” if the matter goes to court, but he also said such remuneration would be part of any deal that might be struck between the campaign and CNN.
“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,” he wrote.