Trump threatens to sue CNN for 'maximum extent permitted by law'
U.S. President Donald Trump and his staff are officially filing a complaint against CNN. This comes after the appearance of a secret tape wherein CNN President Jeff Zucker and his staff expressed anti-Trump sentiments. They are going to ue the company for what was termed as “a substantial payment of damages.”
This four-page letter is addressed to CNN as a whole network, Zucker, and Executive Vice President David Vigilante.
The document cites the many years of CNN reporting news about the president that they believe is a broken promise from the network that devotes itself to deliver “excellence in journalism.”
Attorney Charles J. Harder lists several examples just from the Project Veritas videotapes where Zucker demands “impeachment above all else.” This, in Harder’s point, is only part of the many evidence they hold against CNN. Harder also wrote that the listed evidence shows that CNN is actually violating the ethics and canons of journalism that most of the press must uphold.
CNN’s spokesman Matt Dornic said that this is all a “desperate PR stunt that doesn’t merit a response.”
However, despite being protected by the First Amendment, Harder points out that CNN violates the Lanham Act wherein “by constituting misrepresentations to the public, to your advertisers and to others, to distribute truly fair and balanced news.”
Should the campaign and CNN come to an agreement, they will have to pay for it, from punitive damages, reimbursement of legal costs and many more to the maximum extent permitted by the law.