Trump lawyer vows to sue CNN for linking the former president to an Adolf Hitler theory

Trump released a 282-page letter

In an interview for Steve Bannon’s War Room podcast, an attorney for Donald Trump said she planned to sue CNN for defamation over the network’s reporting on the former president’s election fraud claims.

“CNN branded Trump as a liar, and referred to his questions regarding voter fraud as The Big Lie, which is actually linked to Adolf Hitler,” Lindsey Halligan, a Florida attorney, said.

Trump will sue CNN
Trump will sue CNN

The German expression “the big lie” was coined by Hitler in his book “Mein Kampf” to describe a lie so egregious that no one would believe that someone “could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.”

On Wednesday, Trump released a 282-page statement detailing his intent to sue CNN over their coverage of his baseless voter fraud claims, which the network called “The Big Lie.” In his statement, he defines the word “lie” as something known or believed by the speaker to be untrue.

“In this instance, President Trump’s comments are not lies: He subjectively believes that the results of the 2020 presidential election turned on fraudulent voting activity in several key states,” the former president’s letter read.

Some legal scholars have argued Trump’s stance that he believed the voter fraud falsehoods may be key to his defense, as it may make criminal intent more difficult to prove. However, Trump’s “willful blindness” to the facts of the case may, in fact, establish intent and serve as evidence.

Trump will sue CNN
Trump will sue CNN

Voter fraud claims perpetuated by the former president have been repeatedly debunked by the media, as well as conservative politicians, lawyers for the Trump administration, and allies of Trump himself.

“So it’s pretty simple: if you’re going to call someone a liar, back it up with researched, well-founded facts. Otherwise, don’t report it, don’t distort the truth,” Halligan said during an interview for the War Room podcast. “CNN responded to our letter today advising us that they will not retract the statements, so they will be getting served with a lawsuit very shortly, I believe.”

According to the latest information available through the Florida Bar Association, Halligan was previously employed with the law firm Cole, Scott & Kissane specializing in property insurance claims.

Halligan did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

CNN suit designed to bring forward the evidence the 2020 election was stolen

CNN had tons of evidence the election was stolen in AZ, GA, PA, WI and MI

Former President Donald Trump said Wednesday he intends to sue CNN and “other media outlets” that reported he was wrong to suggest there was widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential election, despite repeatedly losing cases in the past concerning his false claims of election fraud.

Trump released a 282-page letter that his attorney, Jim Trusty, sent last week to CNN CEO Chris Licht demanding the network “immediately take down the false and defamatory publications” and issue retraction statements.

Trusty argued in the letter that CNN rushed to label Trump a liar for his unproven voter fraud allegations and “consistently fed a narrative that denounced President Trump’s legitimacy and competency,” among other claims he said constitute defamation.

The letter also claimed that CNN treated Trump worse than other public figures found to be dishonest, naming actor Jussie Smollett, who falsely claimed he was the victim of a hate crime, as an example.

Trump said in a Wednesday statement he will be taking legal action against media outlets that “defrauded the public regarding the overwhelming evidence of fraud,” though the former president has thus far failed to provide evidence to back up his assertion.

CNN did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Forbes.

How CNN lied about the 2020 election…

In the weeks following election night in 2020, Trump continually went to court and lost in cases centered around his claims of fraud in the election, though a lawsuit against CNN would differ from those earlier cases since it would take issue with the network’s coverage, rather than the results themselves. But the former president also doesn’t have a great track record with defamation suits. A federal judge in 2020 tossed a lawsuit the Trump campaign filed against CNN, claiming the network was biased against Trump and was wrong to publish an opinion piece suggesting Trump might have sought Russia’s help to influence the 2020 election results, and a similar suit against the New York Times was dismissed last year. Trump’s false voter fraud claims were also one of the focal points of this summer’s House January 6 committee hearings, which revealed top advisors repeatedly informed him there was no basis for the allegations.

Trusty’s letter appeared to acknowledge Trump’s earlier legal efforts aimed at overturning election results were far-fetched. “Lawyers for the President pursued a claim that an elaborate international conspiracy, coupled with a commonly used voting machine, were somehow responsible for President Biden’s win,” Trusty said at one point, before pivoting in the next sentence by saying, “Recounts and audits in various states continued into the middle of 2021.”

More than 7,700. That’s how many times references to the “Big Lie” have been made on CNN, according to Trusty. His letter demands CNN “immediately cease and desist from its continued use of ‘Big Lie’ and ‘lying’ when describing President Trump’s subjective belief regarding the integrity of the 2020 election.” Licht reportedly told CNN producers last month they should tamp down usage of the term “Big Lie” amid complaints that the network has been skewing to the political left in its coverage.