Politics 2018: Can CNN Jim Acosta Sue White House Press Secretary Sanders

Sarah Huckabee Sanders told a whopper about CNN correspondent Jim Acosta on Wednesday, accusing him of “placing his hands on” a White House innocent intern during a press conference.

That didn’t happen.

The video of the incident demonstrates that it was actually the intern who tried to grab the microphone from Acosta’s hands while he was asking the President a question.

Nevertheless, Acosta’s press pass was revoked, underscoring the false implication that Acosta had assaulted a defenseless staffer.

Can Acosta sue for defamation?

The answer is no. As a federal official, Sanders is immune from defamation claims that arise from her professional duties under the Federal Tort Claims Act.

“This is just categorically beyond the scope of what federal law allows,” said Aziz Huq, a professor of law at the University of Chicago. “It’s clear that Sander, when she said the thing about Acosta, that was in her capacity as a spokeswoman for the White House.”

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