“It Should Be Fun.” Nunes Doubles Down on Suing CNN & Daily Beast
Representative Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) reiterated his pledge to sue CNN and the Daily Beast during an interview on Fox News’s Sunday Morning Features, saying that the way to hold “corrupt” media outlets accountable is to take them to federal court.
Nunes announced his intention to take legal action on Friday after both the Daily Beast and CNN published stories that claim the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee met with former Ukrainian prosecutor Victor Shokin in Vienna in 2018 to pursue an investigation into Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
Shokin was fired as prosecutor general of Ukraine in 2016 after then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden threatened Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko that America would hold back $1 billion in loan guarantees unless he removed Shokin — who was then investigating the natural gas company Bursima Holdings, at which Hunter Biden was a board member making $50,000 a month.
President Trump’s request that current Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “look into” the matter forms the basis of Democrat’s impeachment effort in the House of Representatives.
The Daily Beast and CNN stories cite as their source Lev Parnas, a business associate of Trump attorney and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani who was indicted in October for conspiring to ban federal election rules against foreign donations.
The fact that the outlets cited an individual under federal indictment prompted Nunes to question the validity of the source.
“I’ve been used to this for the last three years,” Nunes told Fox News. “The House Intelligence Committee Republicans, we continue to expose Democrat corruption over and over again. And what always happens is right when we expose them… they go out to kill the messenger.”
The Republican lawmaker continued:
“So this week — another fake news story. The problem with this week’s fake news story is — we actually caught them. And we caught them badly and it also involves criminal activity…. We are going to take both CNN and the Daily Beast likely into federal court, right after Thanksgiving and we hope they cooperate.”
The Daily Beast first reported on the alleged meeting on Thursday, citing Parnas’ lawyer Ed MacMahon. The Beast also claimed to have seen travel records that allegedly show Nunes and three of his aides traveled to Europe from November 30 to December 3, 2018.
“Nunes aide Derek Harvey participated in the meetings, the lawyer said, which were arranged to help Nunes’ investigative work. MacMahon didn’t specify what those investigations entailed,” the Daily Beast article read.
CNN seconded the Daily Beast’s claims with a Saturday article that cited Parnas’ other lawyer, Joseph A. Bondy, who said Nunes contacted officials who would help him find dirt on the Bidens.
“Mr. Parnas learned from former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Victor Shokin that Nunes had met with Shokin in Vienna last December,”
CNN quoted Bondy as saying.
In a statement to Breitbart, Nunes called CNN’s report “demonstrably false.”
His statement added:
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.
Nunes went on to tell Fox News that CNN and the Daily Beast
“should comply with the subpoenas once we file this and go through different depositions. It should be fun.”
He maintained that the outlets “very likely” committed a crime or were “an accessory to it,” emphasizing that “none of this is true…. We will get to all the facts when it’s filed in court. But somehow they’re either witting or unwitting of listening to somebody who’s been indicted and not only that, but it’s their lawyers.
“So you’re talking about third and fourth hand hearsay to do what? To dirty up the leader of the Republicans on the Intelligence Committee that just destroyed their complete narrative that they’ve been pushing.”
Nunes has been a fierce critic of the impeachment inquiry playing out in the House, accusing Democrats of harboring “Watergate fantasies.”
“In their mania to attack the President, no conspiracy theory is too outlandish for the Democrats,” Nunes said before a witness testimony on Wednesday.
Luis Miguel is a writer whose journalistic endeavors shed light on the Deep State, the immigration crisis, and the enemies of freedom. Follow his exploits on Facebook, Twitter, Bitchute, and at luisantoniomiguel.com.
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