Congressman Devin Nunes, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee is tired of the fake news about him that is peddled by CNN. He’s fighting back.
Rep. Nunes(R-CA) has had it with CNN. The Congressman has filed a lawsuit claiming that the cable news network published a “demonstrably false hit-piece” alleging that he traveled to Vienna in order to meet with Ukraine’s former Prosecutor General, Viktor Shokin, to “dig up dirt” on Joe Biden. Nunes claims that he has never met Shokin, and was not in Vienna when CNN said that he was, but was in Benghazi and then traveled to Malta for a repatriation ceremony for the remains of a U.S. service member that was found in the Mediterranean.
Nunes refused to speak to CNN directly as he feels that he has been targeted by the news outlet but pushed back on the claims publicly. CNN did not retract the claims in the article.
It’s a massive lawsuit seeking nearly a half-a-billion dollars in compensatory and punitive damages. Nunes is seeking at least $435,350,000 for “insult, pain, embarrassment, humiliation, mental suffering, injury to his reputation, special damages, costs, and other out-of-pocket expenses” totaling almost half a billion dollars.”
The 47-page lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, accuses the liberal network of publishing “numerous egregiously false and defamatory” statements about Nunes on Nov. 22, 2019 when journalist Vicky Ward reported claims that Nunes met with Ukranian prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, in Vienna in 2018 to dig “up dirt” on Hunter and Joe Biden.
Nunes, who has been leading GOP opposition to the House Democratic impeachment inquiry in the House Intelligence Committee, says he “did not go to Vienna or anywhere else in Austria in 2018” and “has never met” Shokin.
“CNN is the mother of fake news. It is the least trusted name. CNN is eroding the fabric of America, proselytizing, sowing distrust and disharmony. It must be held accountable,” the lawsuit, obtained by Fox News, states.
Some of the statements in the lawsuit are damning. It claims that the goal of the hit piece was to advance the impeachment inquiry, inflict “maximum damage” to the reputation of Nunes, and to influence the 2020 election.
“The ulterior purpose of the CNN Article is to advance the impeachment inquiry, to seed doubt in the minds of Americans, and to influence the outcome of the 2020 election,” the lawsuit says…
…“CNN reviewed, approved and ratified the fake news prior to publication,” the lawsuit states. “Prior to November 22, 2019, CNN knew that Parnas and his attorneys or other political operatives were shopping a story to the press that made claims about the Plaintiff, implicating him in efforts to get ‘dirt’ on Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. CNN knew that no other news outlet would touch the salacious story because none of the ‘facts’ provided could be verified.”
The lawsuit indicates that Nunes feels “CNN’s goal was to inflict maximum damage” to his reputation so that he would be removed from the impeachment inquiry against Trump. CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker has a longstanding feud with Trump, and the network is often criticized for focus solely on impeachment even at the expense of other important news….
“CNN harbors an institutional hatred, extreme bias, spite and ill-will towards Plaintiff, the GOP and President Trump, going back many years. CNN is notorious for making false claims about Republicans and publishing fake news that later has to be retracted,” the suit said.
Source: Fox News
It’s interesting that CNN can do a smear on Devin Nunes but can’t seem to comprehend that more than one foreign entity could want to influence the U.S. presidential election at the same time. I guess the Media(D) thinks that Ukraine and Russia had a conference call and determined who it was that was going to interfere in the election.
Jouranlisming with CNN.
I’m sure they thought it went something like this:
<sarcasm>Yes, that’s precisely how it went. </sarcasm>
Rep. Nunes appeared on Sean Hannity’s primetime show last night to discuss the lawsuit.
Nunes says, “CNN is the mother of fake news. It is the least trusted name. CNN is eroding the fabric of America, proselytizing, sowing distrust and disharmony. It must be held accountable.”
Good luck with the lawsuit. It’s about time that CNN is held accountable for their fake news.