Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) recently said that an attorney for Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) threatened to sue him if he refused to apologize for comments he made last month which indicated that Nunes had conspired with a known associate of Rudy Giuliani.
Devin Nunes appeared in an interview on Fox News where he said that he had spoken with Lev Parnas, an associate of Giuliani, now a key figure who has turned over new material that may be used in the impeachment trial.
Nunes gave his interview on the very same night that Parnas did his own highly anticipated interview with Rachel Maddow on MSNBS. In the Parnas interview, because of recently released documents, he made new claims against President Trump regarding the White House pressure campaign in Ukraine.
Lieu tweeted his thoughts just moments after Parnas finished his Maddow interview: “Amazing Lev Parnas interview on #Maddow. Also, I’m disclosing that the lawyer for @DevinNunes wrote a letter saying Rep Nunes will sue me if I didn’t apologize for saying last month that Nunes conspired with Parnas.”
Then Lieu added, “Devin, I’m adding to my statement: ‘Your pants are on fire.”
Nunes has been contacted for comment about the threat to sue but has not responded.
Martha MacCallum, a Fox News anchor, reportedly asked Nunes about records that indicate he had a phone call with Parnas in the minutes after Parnas told Maddow that President Trump “knew exactly what was going on” with Ukraine.
Nunes said, “If you recall, that [information] was brand new when I came on your show because I just didn’t know the name – this name, Parnas,” Nunes said. “So, what I always like to remind people is that we are dealing with people every day – we’re an oversight committee.
So we have incoming calls that come to my office, to my cell phone, etc., etc., and you know now that he had called my cell phone. And I didn’t know his name, I didn’t remember the name.”
He is on record as previously having said he didn’t “recall” any conversation with Parnas but after checking his records, he says, “I remember that call, which was very odd, random – talking about random things.
And I said, ‘great, you know, just talk to my staff and boom, boom, boom,’ which is normal procedure,” he said.
Looks like it would be hard for Nunes’ attorney to scrap together a lawsuit at this point. Stay tuned.