Devin Nunes Files $75 Million Against Esquire Magazine
2019 has been the year of the lawsuit for California congressman and Donald Trump ally, Devin Nunes. Nunes has filed 5 lawsuits this year including one against 2 people who mocked him on Twitter as well as one against intel firm, Fusion GPS.
In 2018, Ryan Lizza penned a story about Nunes’ family moving their farm from California to Iowa. The congressman has filed a suit against the magazine and is asking for $75 million in damages.
According to the suit, the dollar amount is for, “actual damages, including, but not limited to insult, pain, embarrassment, humiliation, mental suffering, injury to his reputation, special damages, costs and other out-of-pocket expenses.”
Nunes does not dispute that the family farm was moved to Iowa in 2006. He does, however, take issue with Esquire painting the story as a politically explosive secret.
The suit also states, “The Lizza Hit Piece was knowingly and intentionally flawed. Lizza came to Sibley with preconceived storyline. He fabricated a ‘secret’ where none existed.”
The lawsuit also references Ryan Lizza’s previous employment history. The author was fired by The New Yorker after allegations of sexual assault. Lizza has strenuously denied the claims and now works for both Politico and CNN.
The Nunes suit continues, “The Defendants published click-bait, sensationalist, egregious misstatements simply to sell magazines and, in Lizza’s case, to distract readers from his negative image and history as a sexual predator and to improve his standing. The Defendants’ had an axe to grind against Plaintiff, and wrote the hit piece in order to accomplish a nefarious purpose. Defendants’ misconduct exemplifies the very worst of modern ‘journalism.'”