House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) filed a defamation lawsuit against CNN on Dec. 3 for its Nov. 22 story claiming that Nunes was in Vienna in 2018 trying to obtain dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.
“Devin Nunes did not go to Vienna or anywhere else in Austria in 2018,” the suit stated.
CNN, citing cited congressional travel records, said Nunes went to Europe between Nov. 30 and Dec. 3, 2018.
Nunes, who is seeking damages of more than $435 million, said he did travel between those dates but went to Libya, to discuss security issues with Gen. Khalifa Haftar, and to Malta, where he met with U.S. and Maltese officials, including Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, and participated in a ceremony.
The trip was part of a congressional delegation, the lawsuit said. The suit included pictures of Nunes with Haftar, Muscat, and at the ceremony, which was for the repatriation of the remains of a U.S. soldier who went missing during World War II.
“At no time during his visits to Libya or Malta did [Nunes] or his staff ever meet any Ukrainians or have any discussions with anyone about the Bidens,” the suit stated.
CNN also claimed that Nunes met with Viktor Shokin, the Ukrainian prosecutor who was fired after Biden threatened to withhold $1 billion in aid.
“Devin Nunes has never met Viktor Shokin. This meeting never took place. Viktor Shokin doesnt know and hasnt even heard of Devin Nunes,” the suit stated.
The story relied heavily on Joseph Bondy, an attorney for Lev Parnas, whos been indicted for campaign finance fraud. The piece said Nunes was in contact with Parnas in late 2018.
“Devin Nunes did not communicate with Parnas in December 2018,” the suit stated.
Phone records obtained from AT&T and released by House Democrats earlier on Dec. 3 showed that Nunes spoke with Parnas by phone multiple times, including several times on April 12.
Parnas is clearly “a fraudster and a hustle,” the suit stated.
“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 iRead More – Source