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Alan Dershowitz sues CNN for $300million for portraying him as an 'intellectual who had lost his mind'...
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Miloch
2020-09-16 16:04:19 UTC
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...after he defended Trump during impeachment trial

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8738327/Lawyer-Alan-Dershowitz-sues-CNN-300million-impeachment-trial.html

*Dershowitz raised eyebrows with his argument during Trump's trial in January

*He claimed he was misrepresented with CNN omitting some of his remarks

*The lawsuit filed in Florida is seeking $250m damages and $50m compensation

Lawyer Alan Dershowitz is suing CNN for $300 million for allegedly portraying
him as an 'intellectual who had lost his mind' during Donald Trump's impeachment
trial.

Dershowitz raised eyebrows during the Senate trial by saying that 'if a
president does something which he believes will help him get elected, in the
public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in
impeachment'.

The attorney had earlier said that a quid pro quo would be unlawful if 'the quo
were somehow illegal', but is now accusing CNN of airing misleading footage in a
'barrage of defamatory programming' that led to Dershowitz being 'openly
mocked'.

The lawsuit filed in Florida court is seeking $250million of punitive damages
and a further $50million in compensation from the network.

Dershowitz spoke during the impeachment trial in January, in which Trump was
accused of abusing his power by strong-arming Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden.

In response to a question by Republican senator Ted Cruz, Dershowitz said: 'The
only thing that would make a quid pro quo unlawful is if the quo were somehow
illegal.'

He continued: 'Now we talk about motive. There are three possible motives that a
political figure could have.

'One, a motive in the public interest and the Israel argument would be in the
public interest. The second is in his own political interest and the third,
which hasn't been mentioned, would be his own financial interest, his own pure
financial interest, just putting money in the bank.

'I want to focus on the second one for just one moment.

'Every public official that I know believes that his election is in the public
interest and, mostly you are right, your election is in the public interest, and
if a president does something which he believes will help him get elected in the
public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in
impeachment.'

Democrats seized on Dershowitz's remarks but the lawyer said his comments had
been misinterpreted and 'wilfully distorted' in media coverage of the trial.

In the lawsuit, Dershowitz claims that CNN broadcast only a short segment of his
answer in order to 'fool its viewers' about what he said.

CNN hosts are accused of 'exploding into a one-sided and false narrative' that
Dershowitz had argued that presidents could act illegally if they believed their
re-election was in the public interest.

'The very notion of that was preposterous and foolish on its face, and that was
the point: to falsely paint Professor Dershowitz as a constitutional scholar and
intellectual who had lost his mind,' the lawsuit says.

'With that branding, Professor DershowitzÂ’s sound and meritorious arguments
would then be drowned under a sea of repeated lies.'

In fact, Dershowitz had 'unequivocally and unambiguously stated' that a
president could not act illegally, the lawsuit argues.

The legal filing says that Dershowitz was 'openly mocked by most of the top
national talk show hosts' and by CNN viewers following coverage of his comments.

'Due to the overwhelming vastness of its broadcasts, CNN caused substantial
damage to Professor Dershowitz by irreparably harming his reputation,' it says.

Dershowitz, 82, is demanding a trial by jury as he seeks $300million damages
from the network.

Last year, Dershowitz filed a defamation claim against Jeffrey Epstein accuser
Virginia Roberts Giuffre after she claimed she was trafficked to prominent men
including Dershowitz.

The attorney denied Giuffre's claims and said her allegations had caused him
severe emotional distress.

Dershowitz says he has travel records, credit card statements and phone records
proving he was never in places where Giuffre claims to have had sex with him.

He filed a counter-claim for unspecified damages last November after Giuffre
filed her own lawsuit against him in April 2019.

Dershowitz had previously represented Epstein against sex crime charges for
which he served a 13-month sentence. Epstein died in his Manhattan jail cell
last year.

Despite the outcry over Dershowitz's comments in the impeachment trial, Trump
was acquitted on the charges of abuse of power and obstruction of justice in
early February.

Trump had insisted that there was no 'quid pro quo' when he urged Ukraine to
investigate Biden and his son Hunter, who was once on the board of a Kiev-based
energy firm.

Democrats accused Trump of using $391million in military aid and the offer of a
White House visit to coax Ukraine's president into agreeing to his demands.




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Mitchell Holman
2020-09-16 17:57:21 UTC
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Post by Miloch
...after he defended Trump during impeachment trial
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8738327/Lawyer-Alan-Dershowitz
-sues-CNN-300million-impeachment-trial.html
*Dershowitz raised eyebrows with his argument during Trump's trial in January
*He claimed he was misrepresented with CNN omitting some of his remarks
*The lawsuit filed in Florida is seeking $250m damages and $50m compensation
Lawyer Alan Dershowitz is suing CNN for $300 million for allegedly
portraying him as an 'intellectual who had lost his mind' during
Donald Trump's impeachment trial.
Cool.

A new venue to show those tapes of
him vacationing with Jeffrey Epstein and
taking trips on the "Lolita Express".

The tabloids will eat it up.......
Siri Cruise
2020-09-16 18:26:40 UTC
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Post by Miloch
Lawyer Alan Dershowitz is suing CNN for $300 million for allegedly portraying
him as an 'intellectual who had lost his mind' during Donald Trump's impeachment
trial.
Truth is a legal defence.
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