President Donald Trump mustn’t be too happy after a recent judicial decision against one of the president’s fiercest defenders.
On Friday, a federal judge decided to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) against Fusion GPS.
Fusion GPS, the reader will likely remember, is a research firm that was a major player in the Russian collusion hoax. Funded by the 2016 presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Fusion GPS produced the infamous Steele dossier — an intelligence file, compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, on Donald Trump and his ties to Russia — which was used by United States intelligence agencies to obtain Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants to spy on Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
So, what does any of this have to do with Nunes?
Nunes, as a member of the House Intelligence Committee, has been one of the Republican leaders in the fight against the Russian collusion hoax. At one point, back in early February of 2018, he even wrote what has come to be known as the Nunes memo, detailing the FISA abuses committed by the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ).
In 2019, Nunes filed a lawsuit against Fusion GPS claiming that his efforts have resulted in him being targeted by the company in the form of negative publicity and ethics complaints. According to The Hill, Nunes specifically claimed that he was the victim of “active, coordinated and ongoing corruption, fraud and obstruction of justice.”
As a remedy, Nunes sought $9.9 million in damages.
Nunes’ lawsuit, however, ran into a roadblock at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. There, Judge Liam O’Grady, a George W. Bush appointee, ruled against Nunes.
“Defendants raise significant questions and make meritorious arguments as to both the sufficiency of the factual pleadings and the Court’s jurisdiction over these Defendants,” stated O’Grady, according to Politico. “The Amended Complaint includes many rote statements of law and conclusory allegations which fall short of satisfying the pleading standard.”
This may not be the end of the matter, though.
Judge O’Grady stated in his decision that Nunes now has the opportunity to amend his complaint. But the judge also warned Nunes against frivolous or unsupported court filings, which are a violation of the law.
Accordingly, Nunes will now have 30 days to revise his pleading.