Prominent Trump shill Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) is still living squarely in the fantasy that he’s some kind of valiant defender of justice or whatever. This week, he brought his martyr complex to the point of filing a massive defamation lawsuit against CNN, which he’s apparently hoping to compel to cough up a whopping $435 million in damages. In what universe does he think that lawsuit — and that amount, to be more specific — has anywhere near a chance of succeeding? He’s up in arms over the outlet reporting on allegations that he met with former Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin in a bid to try and get dirt on former Vice President turned Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
The suit that he has filed flatly states that the allegations are incorrect. To be clear, CNN was reporting on the story that indicted Giuliani associate Lev Parnas was willing to testify under oath that Nunes had taken that meeting. Apparently, CNN is “fake news” for reporting that very real story. It’s reminiscent of the case of the infamous Trump-Russia dossier. The president and his allies blasted outlets reporting on those very real allegations as fake news.
In this case, Nunes’ suit outlandishly asserts:
‘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.’
That’s just nonsense. Apparently he’s never met or perhaps even heard of Donald Trump. (Obviously he has.) Trump has been documented to have lied more than 13,000 times and counting since taking office. Meanwhile, there is no epidemic of false stories at mainstream media outlets like Trump and his allies claim.
Nunes criticized CNN for relying on Parnas’s legal team as a source, although he apparently had no issue with the half a dozen close associates of the president who’ve faced federal criminal charges.
‘It was obvious to everyone – including disgraceful CNN – that Parnas was a fraudster and a hustler. 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 Plaintiff – a prominent United States Congressman and Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee.’
Back down in reality, call records have come out indicating that Nunes personally spoke with none other than — wait for it — Lev Parnas as many as four times. There was “one call on April 12 that lasted longer than eight minutes.” This information is included in an impeachment report issued summarizing the first stage of the inquiry, which outlined, among other things, a coordinated effort by Republicans from Giuliani to Nunes to push brazenly false claims about Ukrainian interference in the 2016 elections. Parnas has further tangible evidence that he’s indicated he’s willing to submit to Congress.
Meanwhile, Nunes just keeps spiraling. He’s infamously filed a lawsuit demanding that Twitter address a satire account that tweets as “Devin Nunes’ Cow.” He’s afraid of a fake cow.