California Congressman Devin Nunes has had enough with the slanderous treatment he has received from the mainstream media and is fighting back. To that end, Nunes just dropped a lawsuit on NBC alleging Rachel Maddow, MSNBC’s star host, defamed him.
Nunes did not put a dollar figure on what he wants for damages instead asking a jury to determine Maddow’s punishment for “insult, pain, embarrassment, humiliation, mental suffering and injury to his reputation” that her defamation caused him.
“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,” Nunes’ lawyers said in the complaint.
In Nunes’ suit against NBCUniversal Media, he alleges that MSNBC’s Maddow defamed him with wild suggestions on-air to her millions of viewers that Devin was guilty of conspiring with a Russian agent to rig the 2016 presidential election for Donald Trump.
Nunes claims Maddow repeatedly targeted him with defamatory, untrue statements that went so far as accusing the GOP Rep of obstruction of justice and treason.
Nunes has been busy in the last few years suing media and critics he thinks unfairly throw shade at him. In addition to suits against CNN, the Washington Post, Esquire and McClatchy — which owns the largest newspaper in his home district — Nunes sued Twitter over two anonymous accounts that mock him under the handles: “Devin Nunes’ Cow” and “Devin Nunes’ Mom.”
Nunes specifically complained about statements Maddow made during her March 18 cable-TV show — and repeated on YouTube, Twitter and her blog — that he refused to give the FBI a package he’d received from a suspected Russian agent, according to the complaint filed by the congressman Tuesday in federal court in Sherman, Texas.
Instead, Nunes claims, MSNBC and Maddow knew prior to that broadcast that Nunes had told other reporters he voluntarily gave the FBI a package the suspected agent sent to him through the congressional committee. He said the fact Maddow didn’t ask him for comment before publishing the false statements is proof of actual malice.
Congressman Devin Nunes is suing NBC, claiming Rachel Maddow defamed him on her MSNBC show https://t.co/4KYXKnHnM7— Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) August 4, 2021
Devin Nunes has another lawsuit out and is sueing NBCUniversal Media, LLC because of a show @maddow did about a package Nunes recieved from a known spy.— Eric Garcia for Congress (@EricG1247) August 4, 2021
He must feel threatened by me because he used my tweets as evidence. pic.twitter.com/VUWkAvcNBU