Devin Nunes accuses Fusion GPS of racketeering in federal lawsuit

The 35-page complaint Nunes filed in the Eastern District of Virginia today pointed to a Daily Caller article from early August that revealed the Campaign for Accountability hired Fusion GPS as an “independent contractor” in 2018 and paid the firm close to $140,000 for research. And the Nunes lawsuit alleged the watchdog group and the opposition research firm then colluded to target him and stymie his efforts, pointing to three ethics complaints filed by the Campaign for Accountability allegedly “in concert with” Fusion GPS in an effort to “chill reporting of Fusion GPS and Simpson’s wrongdoing” and to dissuade Nunes from making criminal referrals to the Justice Department.

Daniel Stevens, the executive director for the Campaign for Accountability, told the Washington Examiner, “We look forward to vigorously defending ourselves against this obviously frivolous and baseless lawsuit.” Stevens told the Daily Caller in August that his organization “did not hire Fusion to look into Devin Nunes or coordinate with the firm regarding our ethics complaints against Devin Nunes.”

This is not the only lawsuit the California lawmaker has filed this year. Nunes sued Twitter, the two parody accounts “Devin Nunes’ Mom” and “Devin Nunes’ Cow,” and Republican operative Liz Mair, claiming the social media site was letting these accounts defame him.

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