Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) is taking the most notorious conspiracy theorist in cable news — Rachel Maddow — to court for defaming him as a Russian spy.
In a lawsuit against MSNBC, Nunes is accusing Maddow of maliciously smearing him as a traitor because of his role in discrediting the Trump–Russia collusion theory that Maddow spent years feverishly propagating, the New York Post reports.
Maddow hasn’t slowed her roll
If it can be believed, Maddow is still spinning insane theories about secret Russian connections for her viewers.
During one of her rants in March, the MSNBC host insinuated that Nunes was up to something sinister with a suspected Russian agent, Andrii Derkach.
“He has refused to hand it over to the FBI, which is what you should do if you get something from somebody who is sanctioned by the U.S. as a Russian agent,” she said, referring to a package that Nunes allegedly received, according to The Hill.
Nunes, who is the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, rejected Maddow’s claims as a vicious smear insinuating that he violated the trust placed in him as a member of the committee.
“MSNBC and Maddow falsely accused Plaintiff of refusing to turn over the package to the FBI, an intentional breach of intelligence community protocol, a breach that clearly impugns Plaintiff’s character and prejudices him in the performance of his Congressional oversight duties,” his complaint reads, according to the Washington Examiner.
“Extreme bias, spite, and ill-will”
In no uncertain terms, Nunes accused Maddow of showing “hostility, hatred, extreme bias, spite, and ill-will” in her coverage of him, the Post reported, allegedly resulting in “public ridicule, scorn, contempt, censure, and prejudice” toward him, he said, according to the Examiner.
Nunes said that Maddow has targeted him because of his role in challenging “Maddow’s marquee news narrative,” the Russian collusion conspiracy that became the liberal media’s top “story” in the Trump years, and Maddow’s singular fixation.
Maddow continued to publicize her most recent smear on her Twitter account, Nunes said, and she did not reach out to the congressman for comment before spreading it, as the Post noted.
“How do Republicans keep Devin Nunes on as the ranking member of the Intelligence Committee given his unexplained interactions with Andriy Derkach?” she tweeted. Democrats have protected Eric Swalwell (D-CA), a member of the panel, despite his connection with a Chinese spy.
According to the Post, Nunes has also sued CNN, MSNBC’s biggest competitor in the “Fake News” industry, and other media outlets, to no avail.