Amid new revelations in the Obama administration’s handling of the Trump-Russia probe, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., says there likely will be criminal referrals for members of special counsel Robert Mueller’s team.
“We’re looking at doing criminal referrals on the Mueller team, the Mueller dossier team, the Mueller witch hunt, whatever you want to call it. That’s where we are now in our investigation,” Nunes said “in an interview with the Fox Nation show Witch Hunt,” hosted by Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett.
Mueller and his team investigated for more than two years Democrat claims of Trump 2016 campaign collusion with Russia. He concluded there wasn’t sufficient evidence. And, last week, the release of transcripts of House testimony revealed top Obama officials knew there was no evidence of collusion while they were saying the opposite in TV interviews.
Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, vowed to pursue multiple new criminal referrals.
A year ago, he sent eight criminal referrals to U.S. Attorney General William Barr alleging several “potential violations” of the law in the course the FBI’s investigation into Russian meddling and contacts with Trump advisers during the 2016 campaign.
Now, following the Justice Department’s decision to drop charges against former Trump National Security Adviser General Michael Flynn, Nunes is focused on the Mueller’s conduct.
“We’re doing a large criminal referral on the Mueller dossier team that put together a fraudulent report – that knew there was no collusion the day that Mueller walked in the door,” he told Jarrett. “They set an obstruction of justice trap. There’s no doubt in my mind that we will make a conspiracy referral there.”
In addition, Nunes wants to find out if top officials at the FBI and Department of Justice were involved in the Mueller team’s actions.
The lawyer on the case against Flynn, for example, “had to know those documents existed, had to know they were working with a falsified 302 – that’s a very simple criminal referral.”
And there could be obstruction of Congress counts.
“We know that the House of Representatives … had multiple requests, multiple subpoenas that were out there that effectively were never answered, even though they claim they answered them. Well, now what we learned is that they lied and misled Congress by omission,” Nunes said in the interview.
“They thought it was cute to just not give us things, not tell us things and say that they met the requirements,” he continued. “Well, now that these documents are turning up, you know, who was guiding the redactions that were done? Who was instructing things to remain classified?
“Was that the leadership of DOJ and the FBI communicating with Mueller? And was that Mueller making that call or was that the senior leadership? Look, that’s not for us to determine. That’s for a U.S. attorney to determine who was lying.
“I want to see all of them held accountable for this.”
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz concluded last year the FBI made “at least 17 significant errors or omissions” in the applications for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants targeting former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.