An attorney representing President Trump’s reelection campaign sent an angry letter to CNN on Friday threatening to sue the network for “unfair, unfounded, unethical and unlawful attacks” against the president.
In a letter addressed to CNN president Jeff Zucker, Trump attorney Charles Harder warned that the Trump campaign intends to seek damages from the network based on secretly recorded videos posted in recent days by the widely discredited right-wing group, Project Veritas.
“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,” Harder wrote.
— Michael Glassner (@michaelglassner) October 18, 2019
“We also expect substantial additional information about CNN’s wrongful practices to become known in the coming days and weeks,” Harder wrote.
Harder claimed that CNN’s actions constituted a violation of the Lanham Act, a trademark law enacted in the 1940s that governs trademark use and false advertising.
CNN dismissed the lawsuit in a statement on Friday.
“This is nothing more than a desperate PR stunt and doesn’t merit a response,” Matt Dornic, a spokesman for CNN, said in a statement.
The president has repeatedly attacked CNN as “fake news” and targeted specific anchors and reporters in his online attacks.
CNN routinely fact-checks the president’s false and misleading statement on-air and online.
As of Oct. 9, his 993rd day in office, Trump had made 13,435 false or misleading claims, according to the Washington Post’s fact-checkers.