Rep Devin Nunes is suing CNN for $435 million dollars after they ran a story claiming that Nunes flew to Vienna in December of 2018 in order to meet with former Ukrainian top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin. While it is hard for celebrities and public figures to sue for defamation, it becomes much easier when they refuse to do due diligence.
In this case it would have been easy to disprove had they contacted Nunes before running the story, but they didn’t. In his lawsuit filing from Tuesday, Nunes’ lawyers laid out the simple facts that proved that Nunes neither went to Vienna or met with Shokin. The Washington Times did their due diligence and spoke to Shokin who did not even know who Nunes is.
Now that he has filed his lawsuit against CNN, he can now turn his attention to the Daily Beast who ran the same story, which is equally untrue. At the time that the stories ran Breitbart news was reporting that the stories were fake news and were both scandalous and defaming. A check of his passport records showed that Nunes never traveled to Vienna in 2018. He made two trips, Malta and Libya and that’s it.
The CNN piece followed a previous story from the Daily Beast’s Betsy Swan, which alleged that Nunes was in regular contact with Lev Parnas–the associate of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who has since been indicted on charges unrelated to the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into Trump.
As Breitbart News reported exclusively at the time, these stories were untrue. Nunes did not get into specifics on the facts with his original quote on them with Breitbart News, just stating that they were false and that he intended to sue both CNN and the Daily Beast.
“These demonstrably false and scandalous stories published by the Daily Beast and CNN are the perfect example of defamation and reckless disregard for the truth,” Nunes told Breitbart News after the publication of the CNN story. “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.”