Devin Nunes is taking the fight to big tech companies. But what else does he possibly know?
A new lawsuit shows that he’s now subpoenaed a top Clinton Adviser in his Twitter lawsuit.
Rep. Devin Nunes wants to compel a former Democratic National Committee employee and a Democrat-supporting law firm to turn over their communications with anonymous writers who criticize him on Twitter.
Nunes’ lawyer, Steven Biss, issued subpoenas for their communications through the defamation lawsuit the California congressman filed against Twitter earlier this year in Virginia’s Henrico County Circuit Court.
Nunes in the case also is suing Republican political strategist Liz Mair and anonymous writers behind social media accounts known as Devin Nunes’ Cow and Devin Nunes’ Mom. He alleges they conspired to defame him in the 2018 election, interfering with his investigations as House Intelligence Committee chairman and causing him to win the 2016 election by a narrower margin than usual.
Virginia’s judicial system allows civil attorneys to issue subpoenas for documents. The person summoned through the subpoena can object to it and file a motion to quash it.
Nunes’ lawsuit empowered the anonymous Twitter users by greatly swelling their audiences — they now have more than 700,000 followers and they often promote his political opponents. At the same time, Nunes’ fundraising soared since he filed the case. He’s amassed $7 million in his re-election fund, more than any other congressman.
It’s not immediately clear how the two subpoenas, to Adam Parkhomenko, who worked for the DNC in 2016, and the Hawkins Law Firm located in Richmond, Virginia, are related to the case. They haven’t been mentioned in any material in the court case to date.
Parkhomenko worked for the TRR Group, a public relations firm that advised Nunes’ Democratic opponent in 2018. Since Nunes filed the lawsuit in March, Parkhomenko has mocked the Tulare Republican on Twitter, sometimes alongside the cow and mom accounts, and supported one of Nunes’ current congressional opponents, Phil Arballo.
Biss’ requests paint a picture of how he believes they might be related, or at least helpful to Nunes’ ends of wanting to identify who is behind the Twitter parody accounts.
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