Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., on Tuesday sued CNN for defamation in a $435 million action regarding last month's report that claimed that he had traveled to Vienna previous year to find negative information on former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden.
He's suing over a November 22 report that Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, was prepared to tell Congress that Nunes met with Victor Shokin, the former Ukrainian prosecutor, in Vienna past year to discuss "digging up dirt" on Joe Biden.
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House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes' (R-CA) defense of those crucially-timed calls with key Ukraine schemers is about as solid as his conspiracy-laced approach to his panel's impeachment hearings last month.
Representative Devin Nunes from California launched a defamation suit against United States news channel CNN on Tuesday over reporting on a story about a Republican congressman's visit to Vienna, Austria.
The lawyer, Joseph Bondy, also claimed that former Ukrainian chief prosecutor Vicktor Shokin himself had disclosed Nunes' efforts to his client, a Soviet-born US citizen and Florida businessman.
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A Fox News legal analyst suggested Wednesday that Representative Devin Nunes may not have spoken with Rudy Giuliani and one of the two men accused of assisting him in asking the Ukrainian government to interfere in the 2020 presidential election-because "someone else" may have been using Nunes' phone. Nunes said in an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity that "it's possible" he spoke to Parnas.
"It was obvious to everyone - including disgraceful CNN - that Parnas was a fraudster and a hustler", the lawsuit stated.
Nunes claimed that the CNN report was "demonstrably false" but did not provide proof.
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The call records that Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee released show Nunes speaking with Parnas and Giuliani on multiple occasions in the days leading up to Yovanovitch's dismissal. "CNN is the mother of fake news".