Nunes: Americans Won't Trust Intelligence Agencies 'Until Someone Is Put in Jail'

Susan Jones | September 23, 2019 | 6:04am EDT
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (L) and committee member Devin Nunes listen to former Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller testify on July 24, 2019. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

( - Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) is among the Republicans who are eagerly awaiting a report on alleged FISA abuse, which Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is expected to release any time now.

Republicans say the FBI obtained a FISA warrant to spy on Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page without verifying the dossier used to obtain the warrant, and without saying that the Clinton campaign and the Democrat National Committee had paid to produce the derogatory information.

"So we have already determined that there was FISA abuse," Nunes said, speaking of Republicans on the House intelligence committee.

The question is, does Horowitz come up with new evidence, more evidence that can then be used by the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, (John) Durham, who's been put in place by Attorney General Barr to come up with answers to questions that Mueller -- Mueller never finished his report.

There's so many people that we don't know about with Mueller that we need Durham to not only get to the bottom of, tell us exactly what happened. And then Horowitz should have evidence that can then be used to build criminal cases against people who lied to the FISA court.

And that's what we really want to see.

The American people aren't going to have trust in these intelligence agencies until someone is put in jail.

I just came back. I went and did an event out in Missouri for Congressman Billy Long. The question that I get as I'm going through airports, the question I get at these events where I'm speaking publicly, everybody wants to know the same thing: When is somebody going to pay the price for what they did? Are you really going to have a FISA court that operates like this?

I don't think so. And, look, the FISA court has a responsibility, too.

Nunes said the FISA court that granted the surveillance warrants could do something itself:

"But you know who could really do something right now? The FISA court. The FISA court, once they get Horowitz's evidence that he's going to provide, the FISA court needs to step in and hold some of these lawyers in contempt, because that will get action quick to people that will start to talk."


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