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Tue Oct 1, 2019, 04:24 AM

Devin Nunes files yet ANOTHER lawsuit

Devin Nunes Sues Reporter, Hearst for Article About Family’s Iowa Dairy

California Representative Devin Nunes asked a federal court in Iowa Monday to award him $75 million in damages in a defamation and common law conspiracy suit against reporter Ryan Lizza and Hearst Magazines.

The House Republican and ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence claims in the suit that Lizza defamed him in a Sept. 30, 2018, article he wrote for Esquire titled “Devin Nunes’s Farm Is Hiding a Politically Explosive Secret.”

The article focuses on Lizza’s investigation into Nunes’s family’s dairy in Sibley, Iowa. In the piece, Lizza, who is now Politico’s chief Washington correspondent and an analyst for CNN, asks why the Nuneses and others would “conspire to hide the fact” that the family had sold its farm in California and moved to Iowa. The reporter also describes being followed by members of Nunes’s family and says two sources told him that the dairy – called NuStar Farms – relied partly upon undocumented labor.

Nunes, a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump, refers to the article throughout his complaint as the “Lizza Hit Piece.” The congressman claims the article was an attempt to target him ahead of the 2018 Congressional election, to retaliate against him for “exposing corruption, including the DNC/Clinton campaign’s role in funding the salacious ‘Steele dossier,’” and to “interfere with his official duties as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election.”

“The Lizza Hit Piece ascribes and imputes to Plaintiff conduct, characteristics and conditions, including dishonesty, deception, lying, conspiracy, corruption, bias, lack of integrity and ethics, that would adversely affect his fitness to be a United States Congressman and/or businessperson,” the 25-page complaint states. “The strong defamatory gist and false implication from the Lizza Hit Piece is that Plaintiff was involved in, covered-up, used his office to cover up, conspired with others to conceal, or was aware of criminal wrongdoing.”

Nunes is also suing Lizza and Hearst, which publishes Esquire, for common law conspiracy. He claims Lizza conspired with members of the media, including his girlfriend Olivia Nuzzi – who is New York Magazine’s Washington correspondent – to promote and republish the article on Twitter and elsewhere.

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Reply Devin Nunes files yet ANOTHER lawsuit (Original post)
Demovictory9 Oct 2019 OP
canetoad Oct 2019 #1
mahina Oct 2019 #2
2naSalit Oct 2019 #5
blogslut Oct 2019 #8
dchill Oct 2019 #3
bucolic_frolic Oct 2019 #4
dem4decades Oct 2019 #6
Botany Oct 2019 #7
mgardener Oct 2019 #9
Liberal In Texas Oct 2019 #10
mahina Oct 2019 #11

Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Tue Oct 1, 2019, 04:40 AM

1. Sycophant Nunes

Has obviously been heeding his master; this is him 'hitting back'.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Tue Oct 1, 2019, 04:46 AM

2. I wonder how he knows that the federal court in that district will rule for him.

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Response to mahina (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 1, 2019, 05:39 AM

5. +1

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Response to mahina (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 1, 2019, 06:52 AM

8. Well

that doesn't sound good

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Tue Oct 1, 2019, 05:14 AM

3. "Lizza hit piece." Or, journalism.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Tue Oct 1, 2019, 05:37 AM

4. I'm no lawyer

but my sense is that defamation cases turn on facts and not attributions of motivation for publication. Good thing I'm not a judge.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Tue Oct 1, 2019, 06:39 AM

6. Is he sueing the whole herd now or just his cow again?

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Tue Oct 1, 2019, 06:45 AM

7. "Devin Nunes asked a federal court in Iowa Monday to award him $75 million in damages."

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Tue Oct 1, 2019, 07:07 AM

9. I think he is scared

And trying to raise a lot of money.
Wonder why?

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Tue Oct 1, 2019, 07:35 AM

10. The guy's a public figure and a politician.

Good luck on winning that one.

These lawsuits are mounted to put fear into members of the press. To keep them fighting nuisance lawsuits is one of they ways they do battle. Just like you know who in the White House.


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Response to Liberal In Texas (Reply #10)

Tue Oct 1, 2019, 02:01 PM

11. +1

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