On Tuesday, Republican congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) sued MSNBC conspiracy theorist Rachel Maddow over her Russia conspiracy theories about him.
Nunes first filed the lawsuit against NBCUniversal about claims made by Maddow made who said that Nunes did not turn over a package he received from a pro-Russian Ukrainian lawmaker back in 2019.
“How do Republicans keep Devin Nunes on as the ranking member of the Intelligence Committee given his unexplained interactions with Andriy Derkach?” the Maddow show’s Twitter account tweeted.
How do Republicans keep Devin Nunes on as the ranking member of the Intelligence Committee given his unexplained interactions with Andriy Derkach? pic.twitter.com/d9wKsrJVAe
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) March 19, 2021
“Congressman Nunes has refused to answer questions about what he received from Andriy Derkach. He has refused to show the contents of the package to other members of the intelligence community,” Maddow said to her viewers a the time on MSNBC. “He has refused to hand it over to the FBI, which is what you should do if you get something from somebody who is sanctioned by the U.S. as a Russian agent.”
Nunes asserts in his legal complaint that Maddow specifically knew that he turned the package over to the FBI and alerted then-Attorney General William Barr but chose to lie and slander him to her viewers instead.
These “statements were a product of Maddow’s imagination,” said Nunes’ lawyers, Madhu S. Sekharan and Steven S. Biss. “She made them up out of whole cloth in order to impute intentional wrongdoing to” the congressman.
“Although Maddow made it appear as if she had direct knowledge of facts, she did not have one shred of evidence to support the statements,” they continued.
“The statements falsely accuse [Nunes] of criminal conduct (obstruction of justice and treason), serious breaches of the Code of Conduct and violations of protocols concerning the handling of information that comes to the House Intelligence Committee from foreign sources such as Derkach, concealment and deception, lack of integrity and ethical improprieties,” the lawyers added.
Nunes’ attorneys went on to state that Maddow aired the absurd allegations, because “MSNBC and Maddow harbor an institutional hostility, hatred, extreme bias, spite and ill-will towards plaintiff due to plaintiff’s emergence as the most prominent skeptic in Congress of Maddow’s marquee news narrative from 2017 to 2019: that the Trump campaign colluded with Russians to hack the 2016 presidential elections.”
Check out what the Daily Wire reported:
Nunes could face an uphill battle against Maddow because at least one judge has already ruled that Maddow’s viewers are aware that statements Maddow makes on her show may not be “fact.”
After One America News Network sued Maddow for falsely claiming that OANN received money from the Russian government, U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant — an Obama appointee — ruled last May that Rachel Maddow’s “statements cannot reasonably be interpreted as allegations of fact”
The Nunes segment aired on the March 18, 2021, episode of MSNBC’s top-rated program, the “Rachel Maddow Show.”
Nunes, who serves as the ranking Republican on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, earned the ire of congressional Democrats in February 2018, when he released a four-page memo summarizing abuses the Obama administration’s FBI and Justice Department engaged in to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
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