Nunes files $77M suit, alleging Iowa farm story defamed him

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee has filed yet another lawsuit against a major media organization, claiming he was defamed in a magazine story about his family’s Iowa dairy farm.

Rep. Devin Nunes of California is seeking $77.5 million in the lawsuit filed Monday against Esquire publisher Hearst Magazines and former reporter Ryan Lizza, now a correspondent for Politico. Nunes filed similar lawsuits against Twitter and newspaper publisher The McClatchy Co. earlier this year.

Nunes’ latest lawsuit repeatedly calls the Esquire story a “hit piece.” Lizza reported that Nunes kept secret that most of his family moved to Iowa years ago, even while touting his deep roots in the California dairy industry.