Democratic lawmaker says Nunes threatened to sue him over criticism

Rep. Ted LieuTed W. LieuTammy Duckworth calls on acting Navy secretary to resign House Armed Services chairman calls for removal of Navy chief Overnight Defense: Trump 'may look into' dismissal of Navy captain | Acting Navy chief stands by speech calling ousted captain 'stupid' | Dems call for chief's firing | Hospital ship to take coronavirus patients MORE (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that a lawyer for Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) threatened to sue him if he did not apologize for saying last month that the Republican conspired with an associate of Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump: Tough times but progress being made Giuliani touts experimental coronavirus treatment in private conversations with Trump Trump team picks fight with Twitter, TV networks over political speech MORE

Lieu’s comments were made in light of an interview Nunes gave on Fox News claiming he had spoken with Lev Parnas, a Giuliani associate, but that he “didn’t know his name.” 

Nunes’s interview was the same night Parnas sat down for an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowStates battle each other for equipment in supply chain crunch Pelosi: Next round of coronavirus relief will top trillion Maddow hits Trump's 'happy talk' on virus: 'I would stop putting those briefings on live TV' MORE. Parnas in the interview leveled new accusations against President Trump related to the White House pressure campaign in Ukraine in light of the evidence he had recently supplied the House committees overseeing the impeachment process about the communication with the country.

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“Amazing Lev Parnas interview on #Maddow,” Lieu tweeted. “Also, I’m disclosing that the lawyer for @DevinNunes wrote a letter saying Rep Nunes will sue me if I didn’t apologize for saying last month that Nunes conspired with Parnas.”

“Devin, I’m adding to my statement: ‘Your pants are on fire,’” Lieu added. 

A spokesperson for Nunes was not immediately available for comment when contacted by The Hill Wednesday night. 

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Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum reportedly asked Nunes about phone records that show he spoke to Parnas just moments after Parnas told Maddow the president “knew exactly what was going on” with Ukraine. 

Nunes said Parnas “had called my cellphone, I didn’t know his name. I didn’t remember his name.” 

He had previously said he couldn’t “recall” having a conversation with Parnas.