Court dumps Nunes' suit against Trump dossier firm

The judge suggested refiling the case against Fusion GPS could trigger sanctions.

22.2.2020

A federal judge has tossed out a racketeering lawsuit House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes filed last year against the private investigation firm at the heart of the Trump-Russia saga

The judge suggested refiling the case against Fusion GPS could trigger sanctions.

, which sought $9.9 million in damages from Fusion GPS, its founder Glenn Simpson and a nonprofit watchdog group, Campaign for Accountability. Advertisement The judge also signaled that pressing on with the legal battle could result in sanctions against Nunes and his attorney, Steven Biss. The California GOP lawmaker claimed that he was a victim of "active, coordinated and ongoing corruption, fraud and obstruction of justice" by the defendants that stemmed from his efforts to investigate the firm's role in stoking suspicions about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's ties to Russia during the 2016 campaign. Fusion GPS carried out a project for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee that produced a compilation of raw intelligence on the Russian connections of Trump and his allies. The controversial compendium came to be known as the Steele Dossier, after its author, former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele. Nunes' suit, filed under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, claims that after he challenged the accuracy of the dossier, Fusion GPS, Simpson and CfA morphed that effort into one targeting him with a series of ethics complaints and other adverse publicity. However, O'Grady said the allegations in the complaint were too vague to meet standards the Supreme Court laid out in 2007 for the amount of detail needed to move forward with a civil case. He also suggested his Virginia courtroom might not be the right place to sue. "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," wrote O'Grady, an appointee of President George W. Bush. "The Amended Complaint includes many rote statements of law and conclusory allegations which fall short of satisfying the pleading standard." O'Grady said he'd allow a revised version of the suit to be re-filed within 30 days, but he said that should only happen if Nunes can craft a complaint that doesn't violate a federal rule against court filings that are frivolous or unsupported by evidence. Biss, who has filed a flurry of lawsuits on behalf of Nunes in the past year against news organizations, social media companies and political activists, did not respond to a request for comment on the dismissal order. (Biss is also representing Trump intelligence official Kash Patel in a libel suit against POLITICO.) An attorney for Fusion GPS and Simpson, Joshua Levy, declined to comment on the decision. A spokesman for Campaign for Accountability did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A Justice Department inspector general report released in December said the FBI could not prove any of the substantive claims in the dossier and noted that when the FBI interviewed the key "sub-source" for most of the information in the documents, he denied making some of the claims and said that others were mere gossip. Filed Under: Read more: POLITICO

DIRTY COW NUNES!!! Swing and a miss. First of many losses for Devoid. Devin Nunes is dangerous. The American people need your district to help clear the swamp. It's time for the people of his district to throw Devin Nunes out of Congress. Serves him right!! 😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣 No there there,never was!just alarming people with their Republican fabrications!,they are good at that!, the sad part is that many Americans believe what they hear 👂Many people are just glued to FAKE FOX 🦊 NEWS! Guess they enjoy being FOOLED by DONALD TRUMP and his buddies?

Nunes and frivolous lawsuits, name a more iconic duo. But really how does this clown have the money to pay for all these lawsuits? Fusion should be held accountable for the garbage and knowingly fabricated lies it paid for and disseminated. Problem for Nunes is that he is dirty and guilty Nunes has Russian dirt and corruption on his hands too.

Did Devin Nunes dish to Trump on intelligence briefing?How did the president know what was said during the intelligence briefing to members of Congress? By one account, because Devin Nunes told him. MaddowBlog This man is a dangerous lying snake .... hes an extention of who Trump is . MaddowBlog Russian asset MaddowBlog Of course It was the little worm tattletale without trump he’s nothing watch how fast trump drops him when Nunes starts getting heat... by the way where are all those lawsuits Nunez was filing? Must be waiting for trumps lawyers to get “free” time

IAmSophiaNelson Good! His treasonous ass He can always look for another cow to sue. I read somewhere that he has another frivolous lawsuit in the works. really who cares. DevinNunes oops Still have some swamp judges to remove. Courts can take judicial notice of his pattern of filing frivolous suits. Courts should recognize nunes as a serial filer of bogus lawsuits and assess costs against him when they throw him out and refuse any further filings w/o the defendant’s permission to be sued by nunes.

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Richard Grenell now highest-ranking openly gay official in US government history! now can we toss out Nunes? He's on the right track, Liberalism is a racket. _Nick_Hodge O'Grady said he'd allow a revised version of the suit to be re-filed within 30 days, but he said that should only happen if Nunes can craft a complaint that doesn't violate a federal rule against court filings that are frivolous or unsupported by evidence.

Of course they did How does this ignorant fool get people in California to vote him in the office?🙄🙄🙄😡🇺🇸🇺🇸 He's dumber than a damn rock I swear Moo Nunes Moo Damn

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alexzfinley Who is paying the legal fees for all the Nunes lawsuits? One frivilous lawsuit dropped,how many more to go?Thought he could intimidate ppl with baseless lawsuits.Even filed one against a cow. Unfortunately with Devin Nunes, the court is playing whack-a-Russian-mole. When is this turncoat going to be prosecuted?

I really hope that republican conspiracy theory 'trials' moved faster... Politico Printed Chinese Propaganda Smearing Hong Kong Protest Don't give up, Devin! He's an opportunist without the opportunity. Bet it was an Obama appointed Judge.

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Republicans with evidence don't get heard, Democrats with presumptions get the full power of the justice department. The corruption in the justice department is too obvious Projection. Devin Nunes is one of the bad guys. That traitor will be in prison once America gets Trump out of office. Keep at them Devin.

Who is paying for all of Devin's lawsuits? Withput prejudice, So he can refile it. How is bankrolling these things? Moo moo moo!

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Starting with O’Grady, more swamp to clean out!!!!! Oh well, it didn’t cost him anything onto the next slapp suit. Moo NatashaBertrand So, like, a firm NO for naked Trump pics? Must be a judge appointed by Obama doj needs to check her or him out What goes around comes around. More bs NatashaBertrand votethefuckerout

NatashaBertrand Just a theatrical gesture due to popular demand. NatashaBertrand Wonder who paid the attorney? NatashaBertrand Nunes transparent when he doesn't want to be. Not clever or smart guy.

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NatashaBertrand Look DevinNunes 'Boohoo, he hurt my fewings, so I'm suing...' 'Mr Pwesident, I ran...huh...huh... here as soon as I...huh...huh...heard... the DNI is telling congress ...huh..huh... that the Russians are meddling... Am I your favewit stooge?!' SNITCH! Miserable, corrupt human.....Who is funding all his lawsuits. We need itemized donations to Mooones.

FauvreArt He sure likes to sue everyone who doesn’t agree with him and his disgusting boss. We call what people do who sue all the time the blue collar lottery! Nunes is pathetic and desperate. Mooooo. NatashaBertrand Who funding Nunes legal battles? NatashaBertrand they’re were NOT at the heart of the Russia influence investigation, only Devin Nunes and the GOP are saying this about the raw research info Steele provided to GPS .. words matter .. please report ONLY truthful unbiased FACTS

NatashaBertrand Since you brought it up, and since I see that mentioning it makes Trump nuts, and since I'm feeling a tad cranky today, here's a link to the SteeleDossier. NatashaBertrand He will be burred in a cow poop once trump pee on him! He will be a victim of Pee and Poop! DevinCow DevinNunes

NatashaBertrand How many lawsuits does this chode currently have going? This maniac literally sues everybody! Seems pretty petty and swampy to me 🤔 NatashaBertrand If only the judge had dismissed with extreme prejudice. NatashaBertrand Good for them.

NatashaBertrand Drewdferguson Boo Phucking Moo, Dev. 🤪 Does anyone take this guy seriously 🤪 The lawsuit isn't the only thing that needs to be tossed. Toss out Nunes as well! djoretiree This is a good first step! Step 2 is to toss him out of office. PhilArballo2020 VoteThemAllOut2020 GOPBetrayedAmerica

Got caught.... I herd the lawsuit had udderly no merit. cowsuit ➡️ 🐄 DevinNunesIsAnIdiot Corrupt liberal judges should be impeached and removed. Another killer piece from the Beijing-funded Politburo. 🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣

Shmuck DevinNunes WOMP WOMP 'Fusion GPS carried out a project for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee that produced a compilation of raw intelligence on the Russian connections of Trump and his allies.' The GOP initiated it. Funny how that's left out. Court dumps Nune's suit against Trump dossier firm! the man's a joke!

All his lawsuits are bullshit, that's why he uses lawyers in Virginia. Virginia lacks SLAPP laws, so it's one of the heavens of frivolous lawsuits. Now put shoe on the other foot & sue Devin back! 🐂💩🤡 He should be put out to pasture. I am sure the Californians will dump DevinNunes . One more seat for the Dems. He is a complete disaster. I am sure even Trump will disavow him. Susan_Hennessey thedailybeast MMFlint davidaxelrod AliVelshi

.DevinNunes loser and he will soon lose to a cow as well. lawhawk I wonder if the coronavirus can stop at someone's house for a moment. DevinNunesIsARussianAsset Time to looooove on. DevinNunes gtconway3d Devin loses again! Just read that on Herd On The Farm (an underSOB secret mag — secret so the Cow won’t sewer it in his next lawsewer)! Must be so udderly embarrassing for cudchewer nunes. He is a disgrace to his cudtry!

Activist judges! Trump is replacing as many as possible. Did the judge see Nunes name on the suit, laugh, and toss it out? BOOM! Another one bites the dust!

Is that firm bled dry? Then he will have accomplished his purpose MAJOR LOSER Now he'll never get to see those photos. Sad day for Devin He is moot; a danger not only to our democracy; but to himself. Odds that Devin will repackage his grievances and go forum shopping - even under threat of sanctions? The TreasonousCowpoke and Chief Sycophant has as much respect for the Constitution & Rule-of-Law as his Dear Leader does. sad

🐄🐄🐄 Devin’s cows are coming home to graze & to feed him cow pat hamberders🍔. gtconway3d Midnight run of Devin the first few days of trump administration remember that he handed over some kind of documents gtconway3d The hypocrisy of trump and his enablers Angelize424 Awesome.

Sanctions? Let’s do this. This man is a total failure along with Trump! DevinNunes 👏👏👏👏👏👏 Always good to hear when one of Trump's 'best people' partner in coverup loses another frivolous lawsuit DevinNunes RepAdamSchiff SpeakerPelosi arrest DevinNunes already. When will they throw out the DevinCow lawsuit?

DevinNunes is trying so hard to hide his involvement. No wonder the repubs don't get anything done, too busy running around filing lawsuits on Trump's behalf..

LOSER AND CO CONSPIRATOR IN RUSSIAN/TRUMP Campaign FIXING of 2016 (Collusion) Now California has a chance to toss Nunes. Nunes=idiot!! DevinNunesGotCaughtAgain Yippee Don’t have a cow Devin now that your lawsuit is MOOt. DevinCow DevinNunes The words to make my day Devin Nunes Tossed Out

Poor DevinNunes is developing a reputation as a schmuck who abuses the legal system. 🤣🤣🤣 DevinNunesGotCaughtAgain This irony will stay rich, forever. Justice! 0-525600 Can’t anyone do something to get rid of DevinNunes, an amazing self-serving tRump kiss-ass a-hole Maybe they should have listened , look how this new election is going already !

Now we need to get Devin Nunes tossed out of government forever. Liars & fascists are bad for Democracy. Vote accordingly! Nunes is a russian stooge!! Remove! Indict!! Lock up Nunes! Katty_Kissem It's also time to throw out the Trash... that is DevinNunes Republicans always lose in court because the facts are not the same thing as partisan spin.

So the discredited dossier works as proof to get FISA warrants to spy on Americans but not as proof that Fusion GPS did anything wrong in pursuing Nunes et al? Nunes is one of very few members of the House who tried to get to the truth of the DNC-Deep State-Russia saga. freddyatton Who is financing DevinNunes’ lawsuits?

I’m sure an Obama appointed judge did it Now crawl back under your rock This article only mentions the Clinton and DNC connections to the 'dossier' without mentioning that it was first commissioned by Conservatives to gather opposition research against Trump. That omission and how what is included is phrased provides a clearly inaccurate impression.

That’s Ranking Member. RepAdamSchiff is and has been the Chair of HouseIntel since Jan 2019. getitright Nunes is part of the swamp !! He should be prosecuted with the rest of the corrupt crew. How embarrassing for him No kidding Why is Nunes still in congress after it was proved he conspired with levparnas ? Oh right. Republicans love crime and hate America

Adam Schiff is the Chair of the Intelligence committee. Nunes is not the Chair of the Intelligence committee. He was the ranking member. Some more two sided Justice for Dem's. What this Judge saying okay that Dem's have coup d'etat with Russians. So they can take down elected President! How many times has Popehat been mentioned due to RICO?

Oh man, he’s gonna have a cow. Awe nunes so sorry gperry70 DevinNunes is being herded in 🤘🙌 giddy up Great!

Is that the fake farmer with the cow? Nunes should be ejected from Congress! gtconway3d Who paid for this lawsuit? What an environment improvement. Fun-tastic. The shit didn't hit the fan and didn't invaded the Court's rooms. gtconway3d Nunes is the personification of dumb. RepAdamSchiff RepSwalwell So who is paying all of Nunes’ Attorney’s fees and Costs for his frivolous lawsuits (ie DevinCow) And is it in Rubles?

Nunes = moron 🤣 Touché 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

gtconway3d Is there a legal penalty for nuisance suits? We need to privatize every government agency so that all swamp creatures can be fired. The judge is a partisan hack. Sending my thoughts and prayers! Nune is another smarty highly appreciated in the Trump swamp got lectured by a federal judge. Another one of the corrupt congressman at the heart of the Ukrainian bribery scandal. A real gangerster using threats and intimidation against witnesses. He is another who should be in jail.

Nunes should go back to milking cows! DevinNunes did you really think you would win ? Could win ? 😂 DevinNunes Looks like you might be getting a whole lot more of these in the future Dev

Steve Biss (Devin Nunes attorney) should stay away from the judge that accused him of copy and paste to write his complaint: 'The Amended Complaint includes many rote statements of law and conclusory allegations which fall short of satisfying the pleading standard.' You mean corrupt court? gtconway3d And voters will soon dump Nunes

TimInHonolulu Finally, got you Nunez! Hope the cow and his relatives win too. Great news! DevinNunes Fake news. At all times relevant to the lawsuit, Devin Nunes was not the chair of the committee. DevinNunesIsAnIdiot Former House Committee Chair? TimInHonolulu Is this all a launder money through lawsuits scheme?

gtconway3d And who appointed that Federal judge? How can he afford all these lawsuits? He’s gonna have a cow when he hears this. nunescow No decency at all 😎 “... O'Grady said he'd allow a revised version of the suit to be re-filed within 30 days, but he said that should only happen if Nunes can craft a complaint that doesn't violate a federal rule against court filings that are frivolous or unsupported by evidence....”.

Oh DevinNunes... Strait to the litter box. Snitching ass Nunes ! Glad lawsuit was dismissed

Ha! DevinNunesIsAnIdiot Truth 1 Devin 0 Next game. twistopherrobin Old town road - Lil Nas X 1hour NunesCow Mooooo Nunes. 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 DevinNunes ain't the smartest. He tries hard though. Someone has some nuts!!! I would have charged and sentenced you for filing a false report. Russia wants to repeat its genocidal starvation campaign that killed more than 3.9 million Ukrainians. Russia wants to give genocide another try. PutinPuppet Trump withheld aid for reelection and to help Russia. FEC identified 22 GOP lawmakers who received Fruman's Russian money

Who’s funding all of Nunes’ lawsuits? Hahahhahahhahahahahahahahahha 👏🏻👏🏻😂😂 My favorite line: '... he said that should only happen if Nunes can craft a complaint that doesn't violate a federal rule against court filings that are frivolous or unsupported by evidence.' ❤️ Booooooooo Not 🪑 Every lawsuit this fool has filed will be dismissed. Talk about misusing the system.

Who's footing the bill for all these frivolous lawsuits by the Nunz? What a silly game.

Appeal? Back to Q undergrad for this pathetic shill. Racketeering? China. gtconway3d He's not the chair MicheleJeanson1 Don’t worry Devin, your Prince Don the Con will get you refunded for your fantasy law suit. Nunes believes he is a persecuted victim. Just because he did not win by as many votes as previously.

All of his stupid slapp suits should be instantaneously tossed out. It’s a flaw in our system that this is legal in any state. gtconway3d HOORAY! And ROFL! gtconway3d So can we throw out Nunes too? Go cow! DevinNunes Mmmmmmmmoooooooooooooo Oh, hi DevinNunes !

SheWhoRises 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 DevinNunes needs to go. DevinNunes 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂LOSER!!!!! AGAIN🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 gtconway3d VoteDevinNunesOUT2020🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 Absolutely despicable animal this guy is. DevinNunes I think he has moved down to the level of mattgaetz gtconway3d Bwahahahaha!!!!

gtconway3d What is wrong with this guy...all these Trump people are really not at normal gtconway3d LAUGHS MOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I LOVE YOU MY KING MOOOOOOOOOO MOOOOOOOOOOO MMM LOWER MY MASTER Need more than the word of a rag news outlet like politico

gtconway3d Why isn’t this guy in jail gtconway3d Shocking gtconway3d I heard he’s the new spokesman for Laughing cow cheese. Dump nunes. Lock him up gtconway3d Hahahahahahaha! Citizenroxanne The media needs to rundown how he’s getting all this money for lawsuits gtconway3d 🤣🤣🤣🤣 Lol moooooo DevinNunes

gtconway3d The Manager told Karen 'No.' gtconway3d Nunes is a BIG looser.

gtconway3d I hope he was assessed beaucoup costs and that there’s a petition for Rule 11 sanctions. Acting like a big boy before your balls have dropped is just plain silly ! gtconway3d so much winning, moo cow you must be getting sick of it gtconway3d Of course. It’s garbage and a waste of time like Nunes.

gtconway3d Moooo! gtconway3d Has this guy ever filed a legitimate lawsuit? Of course they did, they’re democrats. DevinNunes L.O.S.E.R ZERO WINS .. EVER. Hopefully CHARGES pending.. (word IS charges pending)... And why racketeering? Really isn’t what the racketeering law was meant for. Maybe if there was anything at all and it was pursued correctly might get somewhere.



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