Judge Rules Against Nunes, Dismisses His Lawsuit Against Fusion GPS
A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) filed in 2019 against Fusion GPS, the firm at the heart of the controversy surrounding Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Judge Liam O’Grady of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia wrote in a two-page ruling that Nunes’ complaint was too vague to move forward with a civil case.
“The Amended Complaint includes many rote statements of law and conclusory allegations which fall short of satisfying the pleading standard,” wrote O’Grady, a President George W. Bush appointee.
Nunes, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, had sought $9.9 million in damages from Fusion GPS, its founder Glenn Simpson and a nonprofit watchdog group, Campaign for Accountability. Nunes claimed he was a victim of “active, coordinated and ongoing corruption, fraud and obstruction of justice” by the defendants. He said the alleged campaign against him was due to his investigation on the intelligence panel into the firm’s role in raising allegations over Trump’s ties to Russia.
Fusion GPS was the firm behind the Steele dossier, a document compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele that produced raw intelligence on connections between Trump and his allies and Russia.
Nunes said in his suit that the defendants targeted him with a litany of ethics complaints and negative publicity after he challenged the dossier’s veracity.
O’Grady said in his ruling that he would allow an adjusted version of the suit to be filed within 30 days, but that Nunes would have to steer clear of violating a federal law against court filings that are frivolous or unsupported by evidence.
Nunes’ office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.