Congressman Devin Nunes has filed a $150 million lawsuit in Virginia against The McClatchy Company, alleging that a reporter for the news agency conspired with a political operative to thwart his oversight work into the campaign of Hillary Clinton and Russian election interference, Fox News reported on Tuesday.
The filing came a day after Nunes, a House Intelligence Committee ranking member, said he would send eight criminal referrals to the Justice Department this week connected to alleged surveillance abuses by federal authorities during the Russia investigation and false statements to Congress.
Nunes, a California Republican, told Fox that “Part of the lawsuit here is not only they need to retract everything they did against me, but they also need to come clean with the American people, retract all of their fake news stories.”
He claimed that Republican consultant Liz Mair conspired with McClatchy reporter MacKenzie Mays to spread several untruthful and misleading smears, including that Nunes "was involved with cocaine and underage prostitutes."
Last month Nunes filed a similar $250 million lawsuit alleging defamation against Twitter and Mair.
The congressman accused Twitter of "shadow-banning conservatives" to secretly hide their posts, censoring opposing viewpoints in an organized manner, and completely "ignoring" lawful complaints of repeated abusive behavior.