//Devin Nunes sues CNN for $435M over ‘false and defamatory’ Ukraine story

Devin Nunes sues CNN for $435M over ‘false and defamatory’ Ukraine story

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., sued CNN for defamation on Tuesday, accusing the cable community of publishing a “demonstrably false hit piece” about him amid his high-profile opposition to the Trump impeachment inquiry.

The 47-page lawsuit, filed in the US District Courtroom for the Japanese District of Virginia, accuses the liberal community 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 grime” on Hunter and Joe Biden.

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Nunes, who has been main GOP opposition to the Home Democratic impeachment inquiry within the Home 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 Information, states.

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Nunes is looking for at the very least $435,350,000 in compensatory and punitive damages.

CNN didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

“CNN is the mom of pretend information. It’s the least trusted title. CNN is eroding the material of America, proselytizing, sowing mistrust and disharmony. It have to be held accountable.”

— Rep. Devin Nunes’ lawsuit

The lawsuit mocks the “trusted” supply of CNN’s story, Lev Parnas, a person just lately indicted by the U.S. authorities and charged with a number of federal crimes. The CNN story stated Parnas’ lawyer advised them his shopper was keen to inform Congress about Nunes’ travels. The swimsuit features a tweet despatched by MSNBC justice and safety analyst Matthew Miller, who publicly questioned Parnas’ credibility.

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“It was obvious to everyone – including disgraceful CNN – that Parnas was a fraudster and a hustler,” the swimsuit stated. “It was obvious that his lies were part of a thinly-veiled attempt to obstruct justice and to trick either the United States Attorney or House Intelligence Committee Chairman, Adam Schiff into offering ‘immunity’ in return for information’ about [Nunes].”

Rep. Devin Nunes of Calif., is seeking at least $435,350,000 from CNN in compensatory and punitive damages. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Rep. Devin Nunes of Calif., is looking for at the very least $435,350,000 from CNN in compensatory and punitive damages. (AP Photograph/Susan Walsh)

The swimsuit additionally named Ward, the reporter who penned the piece in query, and “Cuomo Prime Time” namesake Chris Cuomo, who promoted the article.

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“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.

The swimsuit mocks Cuomo for “having recently threatened to assault a man who referred to him as ‘Fredo,’ who Nunes claims also helped “disseminate the false and defamatory statements at issue in this case as part of a scheme to boost CNN’s ratings and further the House Democrats’ impeachment ‘inquiry.’”

“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 signifies that Nunes feels “CNN’s goal was to inflict maximum damage” to his popularity in order that he can be faraway from the impeachment inquiry towards Trump. CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker has a longstanding feud with Trump, and the community is commonly criticized for focus solely on impeachment even on the expense of different necessary information.

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Zucker, who started his profession at NBC, rose from researcher all the way in which to president and CEO of NBC Common. Alongside the way in which, he was chargeable for growing Trump’s fame when he greenlighted “The Apprentice.” The duo has famously feuded since Trump’s foray into politics, with the president attacking the liberal community regularly and accusing CNN of unfair protection.

“CNN harbors an institutional hatred, excessive bias, spite and ill-will in the direction of Plaintiff, the GOP and President Trump, going again a few years.”

— Rep. Devin Nunes’ lawsuit

“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 swimsuit stated.

The lawsuit references different high-profile CNN personalities who shared the damning article, together with Jake Tapper and Vaughn Sterling, a senior broadcast producer for the community.

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“The breadth of CNN’s publication is staggering,” the swimsuit says. “CNN acted with actual malice and reckless disregard for the truth.”

The swimsuit continues: “The CNN Article was nothing less than opposition research. CNN rushed to get the story out in order to blunt the disastrous spectacle of the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, and to hurt the leader of the Republican opposition. CNN misrepresented facts and oversimplified issues in promoting the fake news story.”

Nunes is looking for damages for “insult, pain, embarrassment, humiliation, mental suffering, injury to his reputation, special damages, costs, and other out-of-pocket expenses” totaling nearly half a billion {dollars}.”

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Nunes promised to take authorized motion final month on “Sunday Morning Futures,” saying the one option to maintain the “corrupt” media accountable is to problem them in federal court docket. He advised host Maria Bartiromo it was inappropriate for a information group to take the phrase of somebody who’s trying to smear a congressman, whereas nonetheless below federal indictment.

“It isn’t OK to work with somebody who has been indicted on [a] critical federal crime, to construct a media narrative and soiled up a member of Congress,” he stated. “You’ve seen it, the American folks have seen it during the last three years. We out them, after which they arrive out with a media narrative to attempt to soiled up the people who find themselves doing the work on behalf of the American folks.

Fox Information’ Nick Givas contributed to this report.