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Devin Nunes is suing Twitter and a satirical cow over mean tweets. Does he have a case?

House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes, of Calif., left, walks with an aide to hear Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, testify before a closed-door session of the House Intelligence Committee, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Washington. editorFoto: AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Rep. Devin Nunes filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, claiming Twitter, two parody accounts and a Republican political consultant violated the First Amendment and defamed him. In addition to $250 million in damages, Nunes demands that the social media platform disclose the identities behind the anonymous accounts that have caused him particular suffering, according to the suit: "Devin Nunes' Mom" and "Devin Nunes' Cow."

The suit, filed in state court, alleged violations of Virginia's law against insults. It also brought claims against Twitter for conspiracy and negligence. The tech company, the Republican from California said, "intended to generate and proliferate false and defamatory statements" about him. Its failure to police mean tweets, puns and memes, posted by accounts purporting to be his mother and cow, caused him "extreme pain and suffering."..

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