It really wasn’t that long ago that Rep. Devin Nunes was a co-sponsor of the Discouraging Frivolous Lawsuits Act. Of course, since then, he’s been filing a whole bunch of frivolous lawsuits against news organizations, journalists, political operatives, critics, and, most famously, a satirical internet cow.
At times he’s admitted that these lawsuits are about fishing for journalist’s sources, but it certainly seems pretty clear that this is all an intimidation campaign, by a silly little man who is an elected representative in Congress and simply can’t handle criticism. Of course, as more evidence comes out that, at the very least, suggests that Nunes is somehow tied up with all of the mess around impeachment — including reports revealing that the indicted Lev Parnas spoke by phone with Nunes — he seems to be getting more and more upset with anyone calling him out.
The latest is that fellow California Representative Ted Lieu noted on Twitter that Nunes’ lawyer sent him a letter threatening to sue Lieu for saying “that Nunes conspired with Parnas.”
Amazing Lev Parnas interview on #Maddow. Also, I’m disclosing that the lawyer for @DevinNunes wrote a letter saying Rep Nunes will sue me if I didn’t apologize for saying last month that Nunes conspired with Parnas.
Devin, I’m adding to my statement: “Your pants are on fire.” https://t.co/2nptREunSk
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 16, 2020
Unfortunately, Lieu hasn’t yet released that letter, but I’m hoping he does. I’d be curious to see if Nunes tries to sue Lieu in Virginia like most of his other lawsuits, rather than California. Also, I’d love to see how Nunes and his lawyer think they can get around the Speech or Debate Clause.
In the meantime, Ted Lieu, we really could use more people in Congress supporting a federal anti-SLAPP law. Seems like now might be a good time for you to support such a law, right?
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