Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) filed a $435 million lawsuit against CNN for a false story the network ran last month which claimed he traveled to Vienna, Austria to find dirt on Vice President Joe Biden.
The Washington Times reports that Nunes filed the lawsuit today which states “Devin Nunes did not go to Vienna or anywhere else in Austria in 2018.”
“Between November 30, 2018 and December 3, 2018, Devin Nunes visited Benghazi, Libya on official business of the House Intelligence Committee to discuss security issues with General Khalifa Haftar,” the suit continues. “Devin Nunes also traveled to Malta, where he met with U.S. and Maltese officials, including Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, and participated in repatriation ceremony for the remains of an American World War II Soldier missing in action.”
CNN claimed that Nunes met with former Ukraine chief prosecutor Vicktor Shokin.
CNN also reported that Mr. Nunes began communicating with Lev Parnas around the time. He is a Soviet-born U.S. citizen and Florida businessman who became a source for Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal attorney. Mr. Giuliani was investigating Ukraine’s involvement in the 2016 election.
“Devin Nunes did not communicate with Parnas in December 2018,” the suit states.
“CNN is the mother of fake news,” the law suit says. “It is the least trusted name. CNN is eroding the fabric of America, proselytizing, sowing distrust and disharmony. It must be held accountable.
A lawsuit against The Daily Beast is also forthcoming as the publication initially reported that Nunes regularly contacted Parnas.
After CNN ran the story, Nunes told Breitbart that a lawsuit was imminent.
“These demonstrably false and scandalous stories published by the Daily Beast and CNN are the perfect example of defamation and reckless disregard for the truth,” said Nunes. “Some political operative offered these fake stories to at least five different media outlets before finding someone irresponsible enough to publish them. I look forward to prosecuting these cases, including the media outlets, as well as the sources of their fake stories, to the fullest extent of the law. I intend to hold the Daily Beast and CNN accountable for their actions. They will find themselves in court soon after Thanksgiving.”