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House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said during a Sunday interview with Fox News’ Gregg Jarrett that Republicans are set to make new criminal referrals to the Justice Department involving members of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s team.
In addition, Nunes said that additional referrals will be made involving former members of the DoJ and FBI who were above Mueller and who oversaw his investigation into what was eventually revealed to be a false narrative — that President Trump’s 2016 campaign ‘colluded’ with Russia to ‘steal the election’ from Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
“This is where our investigation currently is, we’re looking into everything that happened with Mueller,” Nunes told Jarrett. “We already know what happened with [former National Security Adviser Michael] Flynn. There was clearly corruption at the highest level. He should have never been prosecuted” because there was “exculpatory evidence” exonerating him “that wasn’t presented to the court.”
The California Republican and former chairman of the Intelligence Committee noted further that despite GOP efforts throughout 2017 and 2018 to investigate what happened to Flynn and the special counsel’s probe into the Trump campaign, “we weren’t allowed to see” the memo outlining the scope of Mueller’s investigation — at a time when then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was overseeing it because then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions had recused himself.
“Somebody has to answer to that,” Nunes said. “We were conducting an investigation. We wanted to know, what is it that Mueller’s looking at. And so, why didn’t we get that information?
“We know why. Because they would have gotten blown out of the water,” Nunes claimed. “Because it was at that point we discovered that the Clinton campaign had paid for this dirt, that Rod Rosenstein, the FBI, all the dirty cops, they were all using this dirt to investigate the Trump campaign.”
Nunes and his investigators have been hot on the trail of the Mueller-Rosenstein-FBI-DoJ corruption for months.
“We are preparing a criminal referral that we will present to the attorney general at the appropriate time,” he told Fox News host Sean Hannity in March 2019. “For many crimes. The obvious ones that you would know about would be lying to Congress, but we will also be looking at FISA abuse and all the other matters that we’ve been looking into, and it’ll probably be one large referral.”
A month later he sent eight referrals involving as many as two dozen current and former U.S. officials.
In September 2019, he said there was plenty of evidence in a Justice Department inspector general report to file criminal charges against former FBI Director James Comey.
“The IG report, even though it didn’t lead to a prosecution, it’s a tremendous amount of evidence that would build into the case that we’ve been making that there was, in fact, a conspiracy here,” Nunes told Fox News. “And that is what the Justice Department should be looking at — conspiracy to break many laws.”
The same month, Nunes filed racketeering allegations in court against Fusion GPS, the political opposition research firm paid by the Clinton campaign via the Perkins Coie law firm to commission the phony dossier compiled by Christopher Steele, which was used to file multiple requests for surveillance warrants against a member of the 2016 Trump campaign, Carter Page — even after the president was inaugurated.
And in February, Nunes said new criminal referrals were being prepared for the Mueller team.
Since then, Nunes said he and his team have continually updated previous referrals “as we get new information,” and as the criminal investigation into the origins of the ‘Russiagate’ probe being conducted by U.S. Attorney John Durham proceeds.
Nunes also praised acting Director of National Intelligence and U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell for declassifying and releasing a trove of information Republicans have sought for three years.
“We’ve also expanded our investigation into the Mueller team and everything that happened with Mueller and the people at DOJ and FBI that were above Mueller. And so, we will be making criminal referrals in the coming weeks against the Mueller team,” Nunes said. “We’re just now putting that together and, of course, as always, waiting on more documents that we really need to come out.”
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