Lawyer Repping Covington Kids Vows To Sue Maggie Haberman, Others For Libel

January 23, 2019 8:50 a.m.

A Trump-supporting attorney working pro bono for families and alumni of Covington Catholic High School told “Fox and Friends” on Wednesday that he’s giving journalists and celebrities 48 hours to retract their comments about the students involved in the protest or he will start suing.

The lawyer, Robert Barnes, specifically mentioned New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, who he called “Haberstam.” In a tweet over the weekend, Haberman said it would be “interesting” to see if any students were actually expelled over the viral video of a clash between the MAGA hat-clad Catholic high school students and Omaha elder Nathan Phillips.

In videos and photos shared of the encounter, it appeared that Covington student Nick Sandmann was behaving disrespectfully toward Phillips. Video showed the Covington students surrounding Phillips as he walked through the crowd. Sandmann stared at Phillips while smirking, prompting the criticism. In response, Sandmann has argued that he was singled out by Phillips.

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