Trump ally Devin Nunes’ defamation case against the Washington Post thrown out by DC judge

Devin Nunes has sued at least seven media companies over reporting him
Donald Trump's staunch ally, Devin Nunes, has dismissed his defamation lawsuit against the Washington Post by a judge.
Mr Nunes, a representative of California, sued the newspaper in March after they published a story about talking to Mr Trump. He claimed the newspaper misinterpreted his conversation.
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The article, titled "Senior Intelligence Official Told Legislators Russia Wants to See Trump Re-Election," alleged that Intelligence agent Shelby Pierson told members of the House Intelligence Committee that Russia had "developed a preference" for Mr. Trump.
The paper reported that Mr. Trump "learned of Pierson's remarks from Rep Devin Nunes, California, the committee's senior Republican and a staunch ally of Trump."
The article alleged that when Mr Trump found out about the analysis, he became angry with the then-acting director of the National Intelligence Service, Joseph Maguire.
On Thursday, a Washington DC judge Amit Mehta ruled that the newspaper did not act "in" actual malice, "that is," knowing it was wrong or with reckless disregard whether it was wrong or not ".
Kris Coratti, Vice President for Communications at Post, said: "We are happy with the result."
Mr. Nunes has filed several lawsuits against multiple media outlets and other companies in recent years, including CNN, Esquire, and Twitter.
A federal judge ruled in June that Congressman could not sue Twitter over spoof accounts that act as Mr Nunes' cow and mother.
Mr Nunes filed another defamation lawsuit against the Washington Post last month, questioning an article from November that referred to a widespread visit by Mr Nunes to the White House in early 2017. This case is still pending.
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