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Kyle Rittenhouse can sue Jen Psaki for libel

Newly acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse could sue White House press secretary Jen Psaki for libel, after claiming Tuesday afternoon that he was linked to the Proud Boys and that she implied he was a violent “white supremacist”.

Psaki dodged the question of whether President Joe Biden would apologize for his claim in 2020 that Rittenhouse was a “white supremacist,” despite the complete lack of evidence and recent suggestions of an impending libel case.

As Breitbart News reported at the time, Biden called Rittenhouse a “white supremacist,” without proof, more than a month after the August 25, 2020 attack in which he was subsequently charged – and acquitted – for several counts of murder.

In Rittenhouse’s trial, the prosecution presented no evidence of “white supremacist” motives or affiliations. When asked to comment during the trial, Psaki called Rittenhouse “vigilant,” rather than correcting Biden’s false accusation.

As Breitbart News noted after the acquittal, Rittenhouse has a good defamation record against Biden. In an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, Rittenhouse asked Biden to look into the facts and suggested that a trial was possible.

On Tuesday afternoon, Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked Psaki if the president would apologize, given Rittenhouse’s acquittal and the lack of any evidence that Rittenhouse was a white supremacist.

Rather than answer the question, Psaki attempted to blame former President Donald Trump for the violence, claiming that he had “actively” supported white supremacists and militias during his presidency, and that the violence involving Rittenhouse was part of it. a consequence.

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She also claimed that Rittenhouse had “posed for pictures” with the Proud Boys, a right-wing group.

This issue actually emerged during the trial, when the prosecution attempted to present evidence of Rittenhouse posing with members of the Proud Boys at a bar after he was released on bail. The defense said Rittenhouse had no idea who they were.

Judge Bruce Schroeder dismissed the photo, as CNN reported at the time, agreeing with the defense: “There is still no suggestion in the evidence… that it was something wrong. other than a fortuitous event. “

The judge also said that although it was to be shown that Rittenhouse later met members of the Proud Boys, that does not prove he had a connection to them at the time of the riot in Kenosha, Wis., Several months ago. earlier, and therefore it was inadmissible as evidence at trial.

Additionally, Biden’s claim that Rittenhouse was a ‘white supremacist’ came in September 2020 – months before this photo was taken in January 2021.

Moreover, Rittenhouse had just denied the night before that he had ever been in a “militia” or had known what a militia was. In an interview with Carlson on Monday night, he said claims that he was in a “militia” were “patently false,” adding: “I only knew what a militia was after the fact, until after the fact. ‘to November 25 like… I’m not in a militia. I do not know what it is.

Unlike the president, Psaki does not enjoy immunity from torts while Biden is in office. Rittenhouse is a public figure and should show that she acted with “genuine wickedness”, which is defined as “a reckless disregard for the truth”. This, in turn, usually requires claimants to show that a defendant knew something was wrong, or could have known it, but said it anyway.

Having regard to the outcome of the trial; contrary evidence against linking Rittenhouse to white supremacist or militia groups; and the judge’s rejection of a connection to the “Proud Boys”, one could arguably say that Psaki acted with “real wickedness”.

Psaki’s claims linking Rittenhouse to “white supremacist” groups, “militias” and vigilante groups could see her added to the growing list of media and political figures who are now vulnerable to Rittenhouse libel lawsuits .

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent eBook Ni Free ni Fair: The 2020 US Presidential Election. His latest book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni scholarship recipient. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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