California Rep. Devin Nunes, the man behind the recently released memo that detailed collaboration between senior FBI and Justice Department officials to launch an investigation into the Trump campaign based on the salacious Clinton campaign and DNC-financed “Trump dossier,” made a Friday appearance on Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier” to discuss the aftermath of his bombshell.
“The dossier was presented to the court as if it was true,” Nunes said in response to a question about how important the dossier was in obtaining the FISA warrants.
“The court was not told that the Democrats paid for this,” he continued. “Just step back for a moment. This is not going after some terrorist. This is about — they opened, the FBI opened a counter-intelligence investigation into the Trump campaign in the summer of 2016. That’s what happened. Then, they got a warrant on someone in the Trump campaign using opposition research paid for by the Democratic Party and the Hillary Clinton campaign. That’s what this is about. And it’s wrong. It should never be done.”
“Is it true that the FBI led the FISA application with the dossier?” Baier asked.
“Yes, the largest percentage of the entire application has to do with the dossier and then using the news story to corroborate the dossier,” Nunes responded.
Astonishingly, Baier played a clip of California Congressman Eric Stalwell claiming that the FISA court was indeed aware of the political nature and source of the information.
“No,” Nunes responded. “These guys tell so many lies, you can’t keep track of them.”
“That’s not true?” Baier questioned.
“No,” Nunes repeated. “The court was not made aware. I would think that a judge — if the judge knew ‘hey, we have an investigation of the Trump campaign, we’re going after this Trump campaign adviser and oh, by the way, Hillary Clinton’s campaign paid for all this information.’ If that did happen, which it didn’t, but if the court did know that the judge would have to be I think considered very suspect. But I don’t believe that happened at all.”
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