One thing you’ve got to say for Ted Lieu, he’s not vague. He makes himself pretty clear, in a recent letter to Devin Nunes’ attorney, not to be confused with Devin Nunes’s mom’s cow, or any other entities that give everybody a yuck on Twitter. Nunes threatened to sue Lieu recently for defamation, because Nunes is a litigious buffoon who likes to file harassment suits — and Lieu told him to shove it.
As you know, Lev Parnas communicated with Devin Nunes and with Nunes’ aide, Derek Harvey. That was part of the bombshell revelation of the past week, the text messages documenting back and forth discussion. Ted Lieu repeated some of the facts that are now common knowledge, and that provoked a letter from Nunes’ attorney, Steve Biss, and here’s a copy of Ted Lieu’s response to that. Raw Story:
Dear Mr. Biss,
I received your letter dated December 31, 2019 in which you state your client Congressman Devin Nunes will sue me if I don’t, among other actions, issue a public apology to Devin Nunes. It is true that I stated Congressman Nunes worked with Lev Parnas and conspired to undermine our own government. As you know, truth is a defense. So go read the documents and text messages provided by Lev Parnas to the House of Representatives, and watch his interview on the Rachel Maddow Show, which aired on January 15, 2020, that directly implicates Rep Nunes.
I welcome any lawsuit from your client and look forward to taking discovery of Congressman Nunes. Or, you can take your letter and shove it.
The truth is an absolute defense to any allegation of defamation of character. That is basic tort law, yep. What a political climate we’re in, when a shady Republican congressman threatens a harassment suit against a Democratic congressman for commenting on facts in the most widespread news story of the day and characterizes it as defamatory. This barrel has no bottom, apparently.