Congressman Devin Nunes told Sean Hannity last night that he plans on taking CNN and the Daily Beast to court over reports from both outlets about his connection to indicted Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas.
Parnas’ attorney told CNN that his client is willing to tell Congress that Nunes met with a Ukrainian prosecutor named Viktor Shokin in Austria in 2018 to get dirt on former vp Joe Biden.
The Daily Beast reported something similar late week.
Nunes talked about the lawsuits on Hannity yesterday, criticizing both CNN and the Daily Beast, even going so far to say that there’s “criminal activity here.”
The California Republican claimed that he’s being “smeared and attacked” because the recent impeachment hearings were “a disaster for them.”
“I understand the last week and a half, it was a it was a disaster for them. It was a train wreck for them,” Nunes said. “So what did they have to do? They had to come out and say, well, look, Devin Nunes was actually the one that was meeting with all of these Ukrainians. So sorry, CNN. It’s totally false.”
Nunes reiterated that the reporting is “demonstrably false” and said:
“If you have reckless disregard for the truth and malice, and I mean, are you kidding me? Have you been watching CNN or reading the Daily Beast for the last three years? If they have malice towards anyone, obviously the president they have the most malice for but clearly they have malice towards myself and the House Republicans.”
Nunes added: “At the end of the day, I’m going to track them down and I’m going to hold them accountable because this… has just gone on for too long. And this is the only way we’re going to be able to to get retribution and get in and be able to seek fairness and transparency in the media is by holding them accountable.”
Below is Nunes’ back and forth with Hannity last night.
CNN is declining comment: