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Devin Nunes scorched by CNN’s Avlon for flood of ‘ridiculous’ lawsuits meant to silence his critics

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CNN’s John Avlon used his “Reality Check” segment on “New Day” to both slam and mock Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) for filing lawsuits left and right against his critics in an effort to not only silence them, but also squash any inquiries into his avid defense of President Donald Trump.

Speaking with hosts Alisyn Camerota and John Berman, Avlon detailed the long list of lawsuits Nunes has set in motion –including against a Twitter cow.

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“What we’ve been seeing in an absurd string of lawsuits against journalists and social media accounts from Nunes trickling down to one of his former staffers working in the Trump White House,” Avlon began. “You may be aware of Donald Trump’s long history of suing journalists including an architecture critic and journalist Tim O’Brien for saying he was not a billionaire.”

“Recently the Trump family sued a Maryland blogger for comments about Melania and threatened us at CNN with a suit that never materialized,” he elaborated. “Taking a page out of Trump’s playbook, Nunes sued two parody Twitter accounts including one claiming to be his cow. Yes, you heard that right, as well as Twitter itself, for more than a quarter of a billion dollars, and if that seems ridiculous, that’s because it is.”

“The suit claimed, among other things, that ‘Devin Nunes’s cow’ published hundreds of false and defamatory statements against the congressman,” he continued. “An account called ‘Devin Nunes’s mom’ falsely stated that the congressman was voted most likely to commit treason in high school .”

“Talk about snowflakes,” he smirked. “Self-evidently absurd satire against public figures is protected by the First Amendment. This is also especially ironic because Nunes once sponsored the Discouraging Frivolous Lawsuits Act, but there is a serious side to this absurdity. He is also suing two individuals personally, [GOP strtaegist] Liz Mair in the $200 million lawsuit and reporter Ryan Lizza who’s also a CNN contributor for $75 million. Nunes brought the suits in Iowa and Virginia rather than his native California because they don’t have strong protections against frivolous lawsuits.”

“This, like the other lawsuits is intended to have a chilling effect on journalism tying up reporters, publishers and critics with potentially crippling legal costs,” he added.

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George Conway reveals how Mary Trump’s book and the Supreme Court prove the ‘walls are closing in’ on the president

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Republican lawyer and "Lincoln Project" co-founder, George Conway, wrote in a Washington Post column Thursday that there are a lot of commonalities in Mary Trump's forthcoming tell-all book and the Supreme Court decision passed down in President Donald Trump's case with New York prosecutor Cy Vance.

Mary Trump, who is a clinical psychologist, delivers "professional judgments about the president's indisputable narcissism and, perhaps, sociopathy dovetail with those that other experts have reached before," wrote Conway. "Yet it's not the possible diagnoses that give Mary Trump's book its punch. It's the factual detail — detail that only a family member could provide."

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Tennessee Republican says he hasn’t ‘really studied’ whether the Civil War was about slavery

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On Thursday, The Tennessean's Natalie Allison reported that Tennessee state Rep. Mike Sparks, who makes a habit of complaining that "young people" and "journalists" don't bother to study history, could not answer a basic question about what the Civil War was fought over.

"Was the Civil War about slavery?" asked a reporter.

"I haven't really studied it," said Sparks.

"You said you know history!" said another reporter.

"I just think we need to all study history," said Sparks, still not answering the question. "There's different contexts."

This comes during a debate over whether to remove a bust of Confederate general and suspected Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest. Another lawmaker, state Sen. Joey Hensley, defended Forrest, arguing that "3,000 Blacks attended his funeral" — a common but unproven claim of Confederate sympathizers.

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Law professor schools Trump’s legal team on why their Supreme Court arguments failed

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Fordham Law Professor Jed Sugerman noted on Twitter, that Thursday's Supreme Court ruling should be a "teachable moment" for the lawyers at the Mazars firm, which fought the disclosure of President Donald Trump's financial information.

During the oral arguments with the High Court about the New York case, Trump attorney Jay Sekulow argued that as president Trump was above the law.

"In both cases, petitioners contended that the subpoenas lacked a legitimate legislative purpose and violated the separation of powers," the Supreme Court said in the decision. "The President did not, however, argue that any of the requested records were protected by executive privilege."

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