Libel

Why the Devin Nunes defamation suit is an uphill battle

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.)
Rep. Devin Nunes at CPAC 2019. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Rep. Devin Nunes' defamation suit — the one pitting him against Twitter, a conservative pundit and a fake cow — is not an easy case for the California Republican to win on any count. But it will be particularly difficult to win against Twitter.

The big picture: Legal experts Axios spoke to do not think Nunes will be able to show that any of the insults on Twitter were defamation; hyperbolic trash-talking is already exempt from defamation. But there's a second level of difficulty with suing Twitter: the federal code known as Section 230.

Trump asks for change in libel laws after Woodward book

President Trump continued to tweet about his frustrations with Bob Woodward's forthcoming book, "Fear," on Wednesday morning, questioning the country's libel laws after claiming last night that the book is "a con on the public."

"Isn’t it a shame that someone can write an article or book, totally make up stories and form a picture of a person that is literally the exact opposite of the fact, and get away with it without retribution or cost. Don’t know why Washington politicians don’t change libel laws?"

Go deeper: Trump's fantasy legal system.