Nunes threatens to sue CNN for reporting on statement made by indicted Giuliani associate's lawyer - 2019-11-25
During a Sunday morning appearance on Maria Bartiromo's Fox Business show, House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA) threatened to sue CNN and the Daily Beast for publishing pieces about him based on statements they received from lawyers representing an indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani. There's just one problem: Nunes doesn't seem to understand how lawsuits work.
Nunes, who in an ironic twist once co-sponsored the "Discouraging Frivolous Lawsuits Act," has a long history of filing frivolous lawsuits. He's sued people who are mean to him online (including a parody Twitter account that goes by "Devin Nunes' cow"), constituents who asked the state of California to not allow Nunes to identify himself as a "farmer" on the ballot, and publications for doing basic reporting on him. But even in that context, his latest threat against CNN and the Daily Beast is flimsy.
At issue are reports the Daily Beast and CNN published last week about statements made by two lawyers representing Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani's who was recently indicted for campaign finance violations and played a key role in Giuliani's shadowy Ukrainian diplomacy.