Trump Threatens to Sue CNN Over ‘Highly Biased’ News

POTUS and his re-election campaign seek punitive damages and accuse network of false advertising

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President Donald Trump answers questions from the media while departing the White House on Friday in Washington, D.C. (Win McNamee / Getty Images)

Donald Trump has promised to take legal action against CNN in a new letter in which he accuses the network of being “highly biased” and of violating the Lanham Act, which prohibits false advertising.

The letter, obtained by TheWrap, comes from Trump lawyer Charles Harder and references the “Expose CNN” campaign from Project Veritas released earlier this week: “Your own employees appear to state that CNN is focused on trying to ‘take down President Trump,’ driven by a ‘personal vendetta’ that Mr. Zucker purportedly has against him, rather than reporting the news in an objective manner,” Harder wrote. “In the Footage, your employees appear to state that CNN attempts to make its reporting appear neutral and unbiased, when in fact its reporting is far from neutral and highly biased against the President.”

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The campaign relies on a series of undercover videos of CNN employees discussing the network its president Jeff Zucker’s approach to covering Trump. Notably, Harder’s letter said, “We also expect substantial additional information about CNN’s wrongful practices to become known in the coming days and weeks,” and that CNN is violating the Lanham Act for making misrepresentations to the public and advertisers.

Harder did not immediately return to requests for comment. CNN told TheWrap, “This is nothing more than a desperate PR stunt and doesn’t merit a response.”