Congressman Ted Lieu on Friday revealed that Republican Rep. Devin Nunes’ lawyer threatened Lieu if he doesn’t apologize for saying Nunes and Parnas conspired to “undermine our own govt.”
“Well, let me first disclose that the lawyer for Devin Nunes wrote me a letter threatening that Devin Nunes will sue me if I don’t apologize for saying that Devin Nunes conspired with Lev Parnas and conspired to undermine our own government,” Lieu told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews shortly after the House released new material from Lev Parnas, including text messages that show extensive contact between Parnas and a staffer to Republican Congressman Devin Nunes.
“Well, it turns out that based on text messages in the record and the amazing interview on the Rachel Maddow show, that I’m right, and truth is a defense,” he said. “And I basically told Devin Nunes’ attorney that they can take that letter and shove it.”
Lieu took to Twitter to share a copy of the letter he received from Nunes’ attorney and his letter responding to the threat.
“I welcome any lawsuit from your client and look forward to taking discovery of Congressman Nunes,” the congressman wrote. “Or, you can take your letter and shove it.”
Attached is the first page of a five page letter in which the lawyer for @DevinNunes threatens that Rep Nunes will sue me.
Attached is my response. pic.twitter.com/bWAqdRhq97
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 17, 2020