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Rep. Nunes sues CNN for $435 million over Ukraine story

04 December 2019

"In the lawsuit, Nunes claimed that he did travel between 30 November and 3 December but was in Libya on those dates to "discuss security issues with General Khalifa Haftar" and also in Malta to meet with United States and Maltese officials, including Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, and participated in a repatriation ceremony for the remains of an American World War II soldier missing in action".

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.

During an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Tuesday evening, Nunes outlined his latest $400 million-plus lawsuit against CNN for publishing a story about his December 2018 meeting with the ex-Ukrainian prosecutor at the heart of the efforts to push Ukraine to probe Trump's political rival. Nunes said that Bondy's claim was false.

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Earlier, CNN reported that Nunes met with foreign officials to gather information on the former vice president and Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court, alleged violations of Virginia's law against insults and singled out CNN reporter Vicky Ward, who wrote the article, and anchor Chris Cuomo, who discussed its details on air, for conspiring with the network "to boost CNN's ratings and further the House Democrats" impeachment "inquiry'". He claimed that at least some of the contacts took place around the time special counsel Robert Mueller's report was released.

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.

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"It was obvious to everyone - including disgraceful CNN - that Parnas was a fraudster and a hustler", Nunes's lawsuit states. "It must be held accountable", according to court documents.

Nunes, who is the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, has been accused of having several phone calls with Giuliani, President Donald Trump's attorney, and Giuliani's associate Lev Parnas.

"But", Nunes went on, "I haven't gone through all my phone records. What was claimed about Devin on CNN, on a national news media, is that he went to Vienna to meet with individuals".

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Rep. Nunes sues CNN for $435 million over Ukraine story