Lawyer: Kyle Rittenhouse planning defamation suits against numerous public figures

Months after his acquittal on criminal charges stemming from racial unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin in the summer of 2020, Kyle Rittenhouse is now preparing to seek accountability from a number of prominent figures he believed defamed him along the way, and President Joe Biden may be among them.

As Fox News reports, Rittenhouse has enlisted the legal help of attorney Todd McMurtry, a lawyer who was instrumental in assisting former Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann secure a high-dollar defamation settlement from CNN, and reports suggest that there are several well-known names on the potential list of civil suit defendants, including the current commander in chief.

“I’ve been hired to head the effort to determine whom to sue, when to sue, where to sue. We’re going to look at everything that’s been said, determine which of those comments are legally actionable and proceed from there,” McMurtry explained, adding that “it’s pretty much assured that there’s probably 10 to 15 solid” cases that could be lodged against “large defendants.”

The potential complaint against Biden stems from a Twitter post made by the then-presidential candidate in 2020 in which Rittenhouse’s image was used in a video montage that references Kenosha and asks, “are you willing, tonight, to condemn white supremacists and militia groups?”

“What you take from that tweet is that Kyle Rittenhouse was using his rifle and engaging in White supremacist misconduct, so it’s actionable,” McMurtry said about a possible lawsuit against Biden. “Not necessarily going to win, but it’s actionable,” he continued, adding that because Biden was not president when the post was made, he would not enjoy any legislative or executive immunity.

Also on the list of likely defamation defendants, according to the Washington Examiner, is Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, said McMurtry, over the company’s “factually false” characterization of the Kenosha incident as a “mass murder” event, a move that caused Rittenhouse’s social media accounts to be revoked and for positive comments about him to be banned from the platform.

“To call somebody a mass murderer is seriously defamatory. And then to use the power of social media to basically…censor any views that would take opposition to that mass murderer statement is a serious effort to destroy his character. And it was seriously mistaken and seriously defamatory,” the lawyer noted.

Other famous names who may find themselves the target of a Rittenhouse lawsuit reportedly include LeBron James, Whoopi Goldberg, and political commentator Cenk Uygur.

Suggesting that labeling his client a White supremacist “out of thin air” was clearly the product of “actual malice, or most, certainly, negligence,” McMurtry believes he has “some strong grounds to proceed” with legal action, but as to the question of whether Biden will face any consequences for his recklessness in this regard, only time will tell.