- Michael van der Veen, a Trump attorney, railed against the media on CBSN Saturday.
- He called the reporter “bloodthirsty for ratings” before scolding and tearing off his microphone.
- Trump was acquitted in the impeachment proceedings against Capitol.
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Michael van der Veen, a lawyer who represented former President Trump in his second impeachment trial, railed against the media in an interview with CBS News after Trump was acquitted.
Van der Veen unreasonably accused prosecutors of handling evidence in the impeachment of the January 6th Capitol uprising. “Because they didn’t investigate, they processed evidence. It’s absolutely shocking,” he said on CBS Saturday.
Interviewer Lana Zak tried to clear up Van der Veen’s misleading comments and asked if he was referring to the “selective editing” of footage from the riot. A tweet that Trump’s team alleged was shown during the trial, which was allegedly labeled the wrong year. (The tweet in question was not shown during the trial.) “Is that the covered evidence you are talking about?” Asked Zak.
But Van der Veen then began to rant more generally about the media. “The media are trying to divide this country,” he said. “They’re bloodthirsty for reviews,” he continued, calling the questions a “setup” with “weird reporting”. He took off his microphone and walked away from the camera.
The Trump administration is well known for its anti-media rhetoric and abuse of journalists and outlets who label unfavorable reporting as “false news”. Some sources say Trump plans to create his own digital media network to compete with Fox News.