Devin Nunes Sues His Local Newspaper, Claims They Soiled His Reputation

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes speaking at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.Gage Skidmore / CC-BY-2.0 / Flickr

Nunes is suing ‘the Fresno Bee’ for $150M over an article it published last year.

According to The New York Times, Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA), former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, is suing the McClatchy Company, a newspaper chain, over “character assassination.” Nunes also recently sued Twitter for allowing users to tweet insults at him.

The lawsuit seeks $150 million and the removal of an article in a local newspaper, The Fresno Bee, about Alpha Omega Winery, which is partially owned by Nunes. The article describes a lawsuit by someone who worked on a San Francisco Bay cruise in 2015. The cruise, which some of the winery’s top investors had attended, allegedly included drugs and prostitution. The article mentions that it was “unclear” if Nunes “was aware of the lawsuit or was affiliated with the fund-raiser” where the cruise was auctioned.

Nunes’s lawsuit says he wasn’t involved in the incident and considers the article part of a scheme to “destroy his reputation” and derail the House Intelligence Committee investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“This is a case about character assassination and a public company that weaponized its powerful pen and used it as a terrible sword,” the lawsuit says.

Jeanne Segal, a McClatchy spokesperson, said: “With the limited opportunity we have had to review this claim, it is wholly without merit and we stand behind the strong reporting of The Fresno Bee.”

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