Pre-emptive strike. Sharpton and his lawyers realize that Rush has grounds for a lawsuit for damages against him.
As I have said repeatedly, I do NOT think Rush wants to get involved in any legal actions against anyone. During the deposition process, it’s too easy to introduce irrelevant questions that might come back to haunt Rush (re: drug stuff). I keep thinking of Alger Hiss, and how he sued for libel and ended up exposing HIMSELF to real charges of perjury related to his treason. In short, I think Rush wants to stay as far away from a courtroom as possible. Obviously, if he wants to bait Rev. Al into this, he has a strategy to expose Al in the same way, and Sharpton would likewise be a fool to get anywhere near a courtroom.
Question is ... will he sue?