CNN sued by Jan. 6 protester … for $37 million

July 20, 2023
World Net Daily

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

The January 6, 2021, events at the U.S. Capital did actually involve rioters.

There were those who broke windows and doors and vandalized.

But there were a lot of people who simply walked into the building, through doors sometimes held open by security officers. Some officers even escorted the "rioters" around the building. Other visitors were allowed in to use the restroom.

Those all appear to be facing charges.

One of those is Jacob Hiles, a charter boat captain from Virginia Beach, who traveled to Washington that day to "express his support for President Trump."

He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor of "parading" in the building and was given two years of probation and 60 hours of community service.

But he's now suing CNN, alleging that the network defamed him by suggesting he wanted to have a "revolution."

He's seeking $37 million in damages.

report at Newsweek explained the complaint states he was in Washington to support Trump by "exercising his 1st Amendment rights guaranteed to him under the United States Constitution."

The complaint in federal court in Virginia said the problem arose because he posted a selfie from his visit with the sarcastic comment, "Feelin' cute...might start a revolution later."

Then a Capitol police officer, Michael Angelo Riley, messaged him and suggested he delete his posts, and Riley was sentenced to probation and home detention for "obstruction."

When CNN wrote about those cases it suggested that a man, referencing Hiles, "wanted to start 'a revolution' on January 6."

That, the lawsuit charges, had CNN falsely accusing Hiles of "felonious criminal activity of which he was not charged or convicted, either directly or indirectly."

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