House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes believes that leadership at the Department of Justice and FBI are stonewalling because they expect a Republican election loss in November.
“It’s the oldest trick in the book,” the California Republican told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Wednesday, speaking of delays by the FBI and DOJ in cooperating with congressional investigators.
“We are getting a very slow snail-pace cooperation that is clearly designed to wait until next week when Congress adjourns,” Nunes said.
“I have news for them. They are still going to have to come in and give depositions,” he added. “They may think they are not going to, but they are going to be coming in and getting depositions throughout the summer.”
Nunes told Hannity the Justice Department and FBI are “banking on a loss” by the GOP in the fall, thereby freeing them from following through on the investigation.
“They would love to see Republicans lose. I hate to say that, but I have to believe that the Department of Justice and FBI, the people at leadership, they are banking on a loss by the Republicans in the fall,” Nunes said.
“They’re going to drop all of this investigation” if Democrats win back the House in November. “They’re not going to do anything on this investigation.”
Nunes also told Hannity he finds the timing of the Justice Department’s indictment of 12 Russian intelligence agents last week “very hard to believe.”
Just days before President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, the agents were indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly hacking emails from the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democratic Party during the 2016 election.
The indictments followed on the heels of questioning by House Republicans of FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page.
“You might give them the benefit of the doubt, but why does this always happen?” Nunes asked. “Every time something happens on one side where we find out a new revelation about what appears to be real problems in the FBI and DOJ with this investigation, all of a sudden, they drop an indictment.”
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