Nunes has so many lawsuits out there that I can hardly keep track.
Courtesy of Courthouse News:
An Iowa federal judge on Tuesday put on hold a defamation suit filed by the family of California Congressman Devin Nunes against Esquire magazine and journalist Ryan Lizza, giving the Republican lawmaker’s family two weeks to file an amended complaint or the case will be dismissed.
U.S. District Judge C.J. Williams, an appointee of President Donald Trump, issued a 20-page ruling that is critical of the original complaint brought by the Nunes family for failure to be specific about precisely how the allegedly defamatory Esquire magazine article was inaccurate.
Nunes, a Republican representing California’s 22nd congressional district, sued Hearst and Lizza last September over a 2018 article Lizza wrote for Esquire magazine about how Nunes’ family moved its dairy farm from California to northwest Iowa. The story – headlined “Devin Nunes’s Family Farm Is Hiding a Politically Explosive Secret” – suggested there was a scandal involved and that Nunes attempted to hide the Iowa move.
“If plaintiffs do not file an amended complaint, the court may dismiss this matter without further action by defendants,” the ruling states.
The Nunes family suit cited 16 separate statements from the Esquire story that were allegedly defamatory, but the judge wrote that when “defendants are members of the media, there is no presumption that the libelous statements are false or caused injury. In other words, libel per se is not available against members of the media.”
It is not enough, Williams wrote, to declare statements to be false without alleging facts that would show them to be false.
“The remainder of plaintiffs’ complaint is bereft of any factual allegations pertaining to the truth or falsity of the challenged statements. Rather, the remainder of plaintiffs’ complaint is conclusory in nature,” he wrote.
The bulk of the judge’s ruling is a point-by-point analysis of each of the Nunes family’s claims, concluding that it is not obvious which of the statements in the article are actually false.
“Without knowing which of the facts plaintiffs allege are actually false, defendants are left not knowing how to answer the complaint,” the judge wrote.
Devin Nunes is perhaps the most litigious Congressman in American history (Don’t forget that he is suing a cow’s Twitter account for defamation as well.) and we still do not know who is paying for all these lawsuits.
It is no wonder that Trump adores Devin Nunes, they are both thin-skinned crybabies who scream “I’ll sue you!” every time they get their little fee-fees hurt.