House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) talked to Sean Hannity about filing a $150 million lawsuit against McClatchy alleging a conspiracy to derail Clinton and Russia probes.
"Part of the lawsuit here is not only that they need to retract everything that they did against me, but they also need to come clean with the American people, retract all of their fake news stories and so this is part of the broader cleanup," Nunes demanded.
"I'm coming to clean up all of the mess. So, if you're out there and you lied and you defamed, we're going to come after you," Nunes warned.
SEAN HANNITY, FOX NEWS: Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, Congressman Devin Nunes is now preparing to send eight criminal referrals to the Attorney General William Barr over the alleged misconduct during the Trump- Russia investigation. Also just breaking now Devin Nunes has filed a $150 million lawsuit against McClatchy News and alleging conspiracy to derail the Clinton-Russia probes.
Congressman joins us now with the very latest. Let's start with your lawsuit. Well, is the same McClatchy that said that Michael Cohen was in Prague when Michael - I knew where Michael Cohen was. His son is a great athlete. His son, he was in Los Angeles with his son. Well, let's just say showing off his son's great talent. He never was in Prague and they doubled down on stupid, but that's all they wanted.
REP. DEVIN NUNES (R-CA), HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER: And they did that twice, Sean. So, they had dozens and dozens of stories, so a couple of reporters there were the biggest perpetrators of the Russia hoax. And don't forget, they also targeted the National Rifle Association. They targeted a lawyer Cleta Mitchell. So, all of this was done in concert while they were slandering and attacking me and defaming me, attacking Republicans and the whole time they were getting this information from someone.
And so, part of the lawsuit here is not only that they need to retract everything that they did against me, but they also need to come clean with the American people, retract all of their fake news stories and so this is part of the broader cleanup. So, remember a few weeks ago I filed against Twitter that they are censoring conservatives. McClatchy is one of the biggest, the worst offenders of this, but we're coming after the rest of them. I think people are just beginning to wake up now that I'm serious.
I'm coming to clean up all of the mess. So, if you're out there and you lied and you defamed, we're going to come after you.
HANNITY: Well, I would add to the list. You know the cowardly shift. You know I've offered him an hour on the show, And I have a dossier on Schiff.
NUNES: I can't sue.
HANNITY: But I had him in his own words documented. I offered him three hours on radio and one hour here.
NUNES: I don't know why he doesn't take it up, but he doesn't want to take.
I guess he's afraid.
HANNITY: I've got a tape of him colluding with the Russian or somebody believed to be a Russian that had compromising materials or naked pictures of Trump. And you know he was hyperventilating on the phone call didn't know it was a hoax.
NUNES: And don't forget even after that the staff, the Democratic staff followed up. So, the media ignored. That's another thing that they ignored.
So, there is two things that happened to this right. You had fake news stories that were very slanderous that have got to be wiped away and cleaned off the Internet. And at the same time, you had that they would take these stories and ignore them like the fact that you had staffers here that were attempting to collude with Russians, Democratic staffers colluding with the Russians trying to get information on Donald Trump. I mean that really happened and it's went largely unreported except by a very few in the conservative media.
HANNITY: And we also had the Hillary bought and paid for dossier. Real Russian collusion paid for to influence the election. Now we've got the - we've got evidence. Ukraine - the Ukrainian officials on them with evidence and a tape Joe Biden bragging they fired him. I don't have a lot of time I want to get to the criminal referral issue. I know you begin with eight but there might be more. What can you tell us and how soon?
NUNES: Yes. So, to simply put, there is five that are straightforward. So, five on lying, leaking, obstructing Congress. Those are five specific names. There are three. One is a global leak referral. So, remember there has been, I mean everybody knows about general leak between General Flynn and the Russian Ambassador. We don't know that that's ever been investigated but there is about a dozen others. So, we're referring all those to make sure that they get the proper sunlight put on them and transparency so that they can be followed up on.
The other two I think are more difficult that involve conspiracy. I think there were a bunch of people who wanted to be the next Watergate Deep Throat within the FBI and DOJ and they were leaking, and they were proud to do it and they were all conspiring together and that's what we're asking the DOJ to look into.
HANNITY: If we don't hold them accountable for this abuse of power. This is corruption at the highest levels to first influence and help one candidate over another and then literally up an election to the American people. It will happen again and again. We'll lose the republic. Holding them accountable is key. Thank you, Congressman.