As you already know, Devin Nunes is suing Twitter and McClatchy – but the actual details are just coming out. It seems there was a smear campaign against Nunes intended to drive him from office one way or another. One accusation made against him in 2018 was that he was involved in a party on a boat with cocaine and underage prostitutes. His name was mentioned over a half dozen times in connection with the scandal.
However, there was no party in 2018, it was in 2015, and Nunes was not even there, although the report in McClatchy made it appear that he was. Nunes only connection to the party was that he had invested money in a vineyard owned by the man who threw the party. And that is just a small sampling of what they tried to do to him.
The complaint against McClatchy said:
Throughout 2018, McClatchy and its reporter, MacKenzie Mays, acting in concert with a Virginia political operative and her handlers, schemed to defame Plaintiff and destroy his reputation. The central purpose of the scheme was to interfere with Plaintiff’s Congressional investigation of corruption by the Clinton campaign and alleged “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
Using the enormous power of McClatchy’s nation-wide resources, McClatchy and its co-conspirators relentlessly attacked Plaintiff both in print and digitally – falsely and maliciously accusing Plaintiff of horrible crimes and improprieties, falsely attributing to him knowledge he did not have, implying that he was involved with cocaine and underage prostitutes, and imputing to Plaintiff dishonesty, unethical behavior, lack of integrity, and an unfitness to serve as a United States Congressman.
In both of Nunes’ lawsuits against Twitter and individual accounts and McClatchy, defendant Liz Mair is included. The recent complaint describes her as a “political operative and a digital terrorist for-hire,” and alleges that she worked with McClatchy to publish defamatory reports against Nunes.
“Her job on behalf of her benefactors is to target the opposition, carry out smear campaigns in coordination with third-parties in Virginia and elsewhere in the United States, and, in the process, to create extreme negative publicity for the targets, in this case Plaintiff,” it said.
The complaint alleges that Mair founded a super PAC in December 2015 called “Make America Awesome” whose sole purpose was to block President Trump’s ascent in politics by using “unconventional and cost-effective tactics.”
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