Devin Nunes Loses His 10th Defamation Lawsuit


Rep. Devin Nunes of California’s twenty-second district has a full-time second job managing the many defamation lawsuits he’s filed, mostly against social media companies and news organizations, as well as the Twitter account of hecklers who pretend to be his mother and his cow.

Republican strategist Liz Mair was the subject of the Nunes lawsuit that became the tenth to be dismissed. Judge John Marshall of Virginia ruled that Nunes had failed to prove his case that the Republican strategist had defamed him by spreading misinformation about him ahead of his campaign in 2018.

‘Judge John Marshall’s ruling from earlier this month in Virginia’s Henrico County Circuit Court dismisses Liz Mair from a case Nunes filed against her, Twitter and anonymous writers who heckled him on Twitter under the fictional personas of a cow and his mother.

‘Marshall previously dismissed Twitter from the lawsuit, meaning Nunes cannot sue the company in that court over the claims he raised in the case. Nunes continues to attempt to sue the Twitter personalities known as “Devin Nunes’ cow,” @DevinCow, and “Devin Nunes’ Alt-Mom,” @NunesAlt, although he has not been able to serve them with a complaint.’

It would seem that Nunes should have other things to do than focus on SLAPP legislation to intimidate naysayers, particularly since he’s been busy covering for the crimes of the twice-impeached ex-president Donald Trump and even helping him commit one of his impeachable offenses before sitting on the committee to oversee his impeachment. Still, Nunes has made quite a reputation for himself by filing frivolous lawsuits to distract from his shady acts.

‘The ruling to dismiss Mair, obtained by The Fresno Bee, reads that Nunes’ complaint failed to describe the exact words Mair used to defame him, that the statements Nunes alleged Mair made were not defamatory and that “the facts alleged fail to support a reasonable inference that Mair made any of the alleged statements with the requisite intent of actual malice.”

‘It also said that Nunes did not prove Mair had entered a conspiratorial agreement to slander him.’

Threatening and abusing legal avenues is often a strategy used to intimidate and drain resources from dissenters, a strategy Donald Trump himself has used in the past and worked to strengthen the ability of other wealthy and powerful people to do so.

‘Judges have dismissed Nunes’ lawsuits against Twitter, Hearst Magazines, CNN, The Washington Post and the investigative research firm that produced the so-called Steele Dossier of unproven intelligence tips related to former President Donald Trump. A second lawsuit against The Washington Post is active in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.’