Rachel Maddow is in hot water.
The MSNBC host is about to have her day in court.
And a judge just handed down this bombshell ruling that devastated Rachel Maddow.
Federal Judge Kevin Castel ruled in favor of former California Congressman Devin Nunes in his defamation suit against Rachel Maddow.
Judge Castel allowed Nunes’s suit to proceed against Maddow for the false claim Maddow made in 2021 that Nunes received a package from a Moscow-linked Ukrainian named Andriy Derkach who sent Nunes a package that Nunes hid from the FBI.
“He [Nunes] has refused to show the contents of the package to other members of the intelligence community. He has refused to hand it over to the FBI which is what you should do if you get something from somebody who is sanctioned by the U.S. as a Russian agent,” Maddow said.
Maddow’s claim was demonstrably false as multiple outlets including left-wing sources such as POLITICO reported that Nunes turned over the package to the FBI and detailed the episode in a letter to then-Attorney General William Barr.
In ruling in Nunes’s favor Judge Castel ruled that Maddow never cited any sources for her claim.
Judge Castel wrote:
The speaker did not attribute the statement to any source, including the Politico article submitted by NBCU on this motion. The CNN article shown and cited onscreen did not speak to the issue of whether Nunes refused to give the Derkach package to the FBI.
At the Rule 12(b)(6) stage, the Court cannot draw the factual inference that the speaker or others responsible for the segment had knowledge of the Politico article and based the statement on its contents. While it is plausible that the statement was made with knowledge of that article, the Complaint also describes why the statement plausibly could have been made with knowledge of falsity or reckless disregard as to the same. A court does not weigh competing, plausible theories of actual malice on a motion to dismiss.
In the first two years of Trump’s presidency Rachel Maddow briefly ascended to the heights of highest-rated host in cable news.
Maddow grew her audience to the largest in primetime on the strength of the Russian collusion porn Maddow fed her viewers on a nightly basis.
From 2017 to 2019 there was not a host on cable news that spent more time “connecting the dots” than Rachel Maddow.
Maddow saw how Trump Derangement Syndrome led liberals to abandon all skepticism and critical thinking in embracing the deranged conspiracy theory that Donald Trump entered into an international spy plot with Vladimir Putin to steal the 2016 election from Hillary Clinton.
This entire Russian collusion story was a lie.
After it went bust with Robert Mueller failing to prove a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence, critics allege Maddow sought to keep the lie alive in whatever form possible and attacked Nunes – who emerged as one of the leading authorities debunking the Russian collusion hoax as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee – as a Russian stooge.
But now Maddow will face accountability for her words as Devin Nunes cleared one of the difficult hurdles for public figures in defamation cases.
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