CONGRESSMAN PLANS TO PURSUE MEDIA PERPETRATING “FAKE NEWS STORIES”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Mar. 18, 2019) — On Monday night’s edition of “Hannity,” House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes (R-CA22) told Sean Hannity that a $250 million lawsuit he filed on Monday against Twitter is “the first of many lawsuits that are coming.”
A guest during the second half-hour of the show, Nunes said that he was “shadow-banned” on Twitter during the 2018 election cycle, defamed and politically harmed.
Last fall Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testified to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, claiming that the social-media outlet “does not use political ideology to make any decisions.”
Nunes’s lawsuit, filed in Virginia Circuit Court in Henrico County, alleges that Twitter allowed fake accounts, also named as defendants, to defame him; that Twitter “provides both a voice and a financial incentive to the defamers,” and “completely ignores lawful complaints about offensive content,” among other alleged transgressions.
“They are content developers,” Nunes told Hannity. “Last summer they shadow-banned us.”
Nunes is represented by Atty. Steven Biss, who is representing investment adviser Ed Butowsky in a lawsuit against Charles Schwab for allegedly terminating his services without due cause after a 12-year business relationship. Biss is seeking “not less than” $100 million in compensatory damages for his client.
“How is it that every day there’s conservatives that are being banned?…The fact of the matter is people could not see my tweets…” Nunes told Hannity. “Every American should care about this if they care about the First Amendment…”
“We’re not going to just let all these fake news stories that were written about this investigation, about this hoax, that were lies — we’re going to challenge every single one of them in court. We’re just starting with Twitter,” Nunes said, referring to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation seeking evidence of “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.