Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) has filed yet another defamation lawsuit.
The California congressman this time is suing the McClatchy newspaper company over its reporting on him, The New York Times reports. His lawsuit takes particular issue with an article in The Fresno Bee about a server who had sued a winery that Nunes is an investor in, saying that on a cruise with its top investors she was asked to work, prostitutes were hired and guests used cocaine. The article said it was unclear whether Nunes was affiliated with the event.
Nunes in his lawsuit is asking for $150 million and the deletion of the article, claiming it was published in order to defame him and interfere with his work on the House Intelligence Committee, which he was the chair of at the time. The Fresno Bee said on Monday that Nunes never actually asked them for a correction to the article, though. The original article states he did not return requests for comment. In a statement, McClatchy said Nunes' claim is "wholly without merit and we stand behind the strong reporting of The Fresno Bee."
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This is just the latest defamation lawsuit from Nunes after he previously filed a $250 million lawsuit against Twitter, alleging it shadow bans conservatives and allowed users like @DevinCow to harass him.
Although Nunes spoke in detail about the lawsuit on Fox News' on Monday, the network's legal analyst, Andrew Napolitano, said on Tuesday he likely has no case, saying that public figures "never win" lawsuits like these.
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