Congressman Devin Nunes is embroiled in a large-scale legal battle against Twitter and McClatchy, while also being a key player in the Russia investigation.
In a rare sit down interview, Nunes opens up during a visit to Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.
He is on a personal crusade to take on the media, saying they slander him. His two blockbuster lawsuits against Twitter and McClatchy stand at nearly half a billion dollars.
That includes the Twitter user “Devin Nunes’ Cow,” which now has well over 600,000 followers. It’s made headlines on the hill and around the world.
And he’s not stopping there
“If you’ve slandered me, and people know who you are, they know their fake stories that they wrote,” Nunes remarked, adding, “Maybe some people stand for it, but i’m not going to stand for it.”
The Tulare native is in the midst of his ninth term in Congress. He was thrust into the political spotlight when President Donald Trump took office.
Embroiled in the Russia Investigation, Nunes spearheaded a probe that produced eight criminal referrals to Attorney General William Barr.
“You had reporters, you had people inside the (Department of Justice) and FBI who thought they were going to be the next Watergate hero and bring down a president. Well they didn’t have any information and they were leaking highly classified information,” Nunes says.
He has been under the microscope for his work on the Russia Investigation, he’s been accused of burying evidence to protect the president, but the Mueller Report failed to show any proof of that.
When asked if the Mueller Report vindicates him, he replies: “Well it doesn’t necessarily vindicate me or not vindicate me, because the person who vindicated himself is the president, the president didn’t collude with the Russians.”
Through it all, Nunes has become very guarded. In fact, he’s about the only congressman to receive daily death threats.
“We take strong precautions, one of the concerns we have is not necessarily me, but people who attend the event that I’m at, and that’s the biggest challenge right now,” he says.
How does he deal with it personally? “It’s what you sign up for, it’s not what we want, but times are what they are right now and you have to take the proper precautions,” he says.
Back in October of 2018, arguably one of his most poignant moments as congressman, Nunes became a key voice in Trump signing a presidential memorandum promoting the reliable supply and delivery of water on the west coast.
Just one of several things he says he’s fighting to get done for the Central Valley. That includes working on new trade agreements in Europe, Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines that could benefit the farmers.
“This is a busy job, I try to spend as much time as I can with my kids, pick them up from school, when I’m home. I hang out with same guys since I was 10-years old.”