Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) plans to sue the Daily Beast and CNN after the outlets published articles about him this week.
“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,” Nunes told Breitbart late Nov. 22 shortly after the CNN story was published.
“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.”
CNN claimed, citing a lawyer for Lev Parnas, that Nunes met with a former Ukranian prosecutor last year to try to obtain dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.
Parnas lawyer Ed MacMahon told the Beast that Parnas, an associate of President Donald Trumps lawyer Rudy Giuliani, helped arrange meetings in Europe for Nunes last year. The outlet cited congressional records placing Nunes and three of his aides in Europe in 2018.
Similar to explosive claims made by Trumps former lawyer Michael Cohen, MacMahon said that Parnas was working closely for Trump and is now ready to testify about insider knowledge about that work. Cohens claims were widely promoted by media outlets but ultimately proved underwhelming. Multiple stories about Cohens claims turned out to be wrong, with some being corrected.
Nunes has had a contentious relationship with both CNN and the Daily Beast. Nunes called CNN the “leading Democratic Party propaganda” outlet last year and said in a statement that ”CNNs slavish adherence to the Democrats comical talking points is an amazing sight to behold.”