In what he is calling "the first of many," Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) on Monday filed a lawsuit in Virginia state court against Twitter and a handful of its users seeking $250 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages. The congressman said on Fox News Monday evening that he is starting with Twitter because "they are the main proliferator" of "fake news and slanderous news."

His complaint accuses the social media giant of "shadow-banning conservatives" -- including himself -- to influence the 2018 elections, censoring conservative viewpoints, and "ignoring" complaints of abusive behavior.

In addition to Nunes, Twitter in 2018 also reportedly shadow-banned conservative Reps Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Mark Meadows (R-N.C.).

Nunes told Fox News host Sean Hannity Monday night that the lawsuit should be thought of as a continuation of the Russia investigation, alleging that there was an "orchestrated effort" in 2018 to hamstring his work which involved people targeting him from anonymous accounts in violation of Twitter's rules