Devin Nunes on his suit against CNN: Report is the ‘absolute meaning of fake news’

Devin Nunes on his suit against CNN: Report is the ‘absolute meaning of fake news’

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., discussed his $435 million defamation claim versus CNN in an interview Tuesday on “ Hannity.

Nunes, the leading Republican on the Home Intelligence Committee, informed host Sean Hannity a story the network just recently released reporting that he met with Ukrainian district attorney Viktor Shokin last year in Vienna in order to dig up “dirt” on previous Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden was ” demonstrably incorrect”

Shokin was the district attorney Biden pointed out in a now-famous clip, in which he recalled threatening to withhold $1 billion in loan warranties if then-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko did not fire him:

DEVIN NUNES Takes Legal Action Against CNN FOR $435 M OVER ‘FALSE AND DEFAMATORY’ UKRAINE STORY

“‘ I’m leaving in 6 hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the cash.’ Well, kid of a b-tch, he got fired,” Biden stated on the tape.

On “Hannity,” Nunes stated he has actually been to Vienna however that he was not there in 2018, contrary to the story by CNN press reporter Vicky Ward.

The congressman showed pictures of himself going to Benghazi, Libya, and the island country of Malta during that time.

” When they stated I was in Vienna, I remained in Benghazi,” he stated, including he was meeting Libyan military officer General Khalifa Belqasim Haftar, leader of the Libyan National Army.

The visit to Malta, Nunes claimed, was for a “repatriation ceremony” after the remains of a soldier were discovered in the Mediterranean Sea.

” I was not meeting Ukrainians in Vienna in December 2018 … They shouldn’t be listening to somebody who’s been arraigned. It’s actually bad on their part. It’s negligent,” he added, describing CNN’s source for the story, Lev Parnas, a man just recently prosecuted by the U.S. government and charged with multiple federal crimes.

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The CNN story said Parnas’ lawyer told them his client wanted to tell Congress about Nunes’ travels. The lawsuit consists of a tweet sent by MSNBC justice and security expert Matthew Miller, who openly questioned Parnas’ trustworthiness.

” This is [the] outright meaning of phony news,” Nunes said. “We require to go to a jury trial and let a jury decide whether what’s been done here is proper.”

He implicated the Atlanta-based news network of having an “ax to grind” with him over his politics, claiming its reporters have actually been “chasing [him] around in the Capitol … always with smears, constantly with lies, always with phony news.”

Nunes included he has actually held to an individual “rule” governing CNN press reporters: “Up until you withdraw [the story], I’m not acknowledging any concern that you provide me in this lifetime or the next lifetime.”

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The 47- page lawsuit, submitted in Alexandria, Va. federal court implicates the network of publishing “numerous egregiously false and defamatory” statements about Nunes on Nov. 22, 2019, when Ward reported the claims about Shokin and the conference in Austria.

The suit also named Ward and primetime host Chris Cuomo, the sibling of New york city’s governor. Cuomo, the fit alleges, assisted promote the article.

Fox News’ Brian Flood and Brooke Singman contributed to this report

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