In an interview with CBS’s new streaming news service, CBSN, on Saturday, Trump defense lawyer Michael van der Veen ripped into both the House impeachment managers and host Lana Zak. The attorney ripped into the Democrats for falsifying evidence, and he then slammed Zak for defending their dishonesty.
“What happened at the Capitol on January 6th is absolutely horrific, but what happened at the Capitol during this trial was not too far away from that,” said van der Veen. “The prosecutors in this case doctored evidence. They did not investigate this case, and when they had to come to the court, or the Senate, to put their case on, because they hadn’t done any investigation, they doctored evidence. It was absolutely shocking.”
Zak then interrupted to defend the Democrats.
“To be clear for our viewers, what you’re talking about now is a checkmark that’s a verification on Twitter that did not exist on that particular tweet, a 2020 that should have actually read 2021, and the selective editing, you say, of the tapes. Is that how — is that the doctored evidence of what you’re speaking?” she asked.
“Wait, wait, wait, wait…that’s not enough for you? That’s not enough for you?” he asked.
“I’m not a juror in this trial. I wanted to be clear for the viewers,” Zak said.
“It’s not okay to doctor a little bit of evidence,” the lawyer replied. “The media has to start telling the right story in this country. The media is trying to divide this country. You are bloodthirsty for ratings, and as such, you’re asking questions now that are already set up with a fact pattern. I can’t believe you would ask me a question indicating that it’s alright just to doctor a little bit of evidence. There’s more stuff we uncovered that they doctored, to be frank with you, and maybe that will come out someday.
“The media should be looking at that in a square, straight way,” he continued. “When I watch one news, I watch one station and it’s raining. I watch another station at the same time and it’s sunny. Your coverage is so slanted. It’s gotta stop! You guys have to stop and start reporting more like PBS does, rather than a TV news show that doesn’t have any journalistic integrity at all. What I’m telling you is that they doctored evidence, and I believe your question says that it’s only a Twitter check here and changing a date there…The media shouldn’t be letting them get away with it, either. I’m tired of the biased media on both sides, left and right.”
You have to love it when someone just snaps and let’s one of these fake news purveyors have it on their own show. It’s good for the soul. Hopefully, CBSN viewers (all ten of them) enjoyed seeing Zak put in her place. It ought to happen more often.