Nunes: ‘Hell to Pay’ If Subpoenas Don’t Produce FBI/DOJ Documents This Week

By Susan Jones | June 18, 2018 | 5:50am EDT
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) (Photo: Screen capture/"Sunday Morning Futures"/Fox News)

( - “The deadline is this week,” Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House intelligence committee, told "Sunday Morning Futures" with Maria Bartiromo.

Nunes and other congressional Republicans, as part of their oversight work, have been trying for months to pry documents out of the FBI and Justice Department.

So, if documents do not begin to be turned over tomorrow and a clear way and path forward for everything else is not clear here in the next couple days, there's going to be hell to pay by Wednesday morning, because we can no longer -- it's not just about the committee chairman any longer.

This is about rank-and-file members of Congress who continue to come up to me and say, what on Earth are you guys doing? I have many members of the Intelligence Committee that are Republicans that are trying to get to the bottom of these issues.

They're relying on me to get the documents, so that they can complete the investigation that we began. So, we are quickly -- this is going to go from just myself and a few committee chairmen to all the members of the House of Representatives, who are going to begin to take action against the Department of Justice and FBI.

Nunes told Bartiromo that contempt of Congress is “just one of many options.”

“But I can tell you that it’s not going to be pretty,” he added. “We can hold in contempt. We can pass sense of Congress resolutions. We can impeach. And, look, and I think we're getting close to there, right? I mean, if they don't have good reasons why they haven't provided us this information, the American people's patience has run out. My patience has run out.

"You had -- I think the speaker of the House and Chairman Gowdy gave them every opportunity to try to -- to try to clear all of this up. And there's just -- there's just no time left anymore. It just looks like they're trying to run out the clock, as I have said many times on your show."

Following a meeting last Friday with FBI Director Christopher Wray, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, House Speaker Paul Ryan and other congressional committee heads, Nunes indicated that he's still not sure what's going to happen:

"Our staffs are supposed to meet on Monday. And all the subpoenas are supposed to be complied with this week. Now, I'm not sure. I have -- my confidence level is extremely low that DOJ and FBI are going to comply. I don't have a lot of confidence.

"However, it was good that the Speaker of the House was there, along with the other two committee chairmen, to make sure that the FBI and DOJ know that they have been put on notice, that we're not going to take no for an answer anymore, and that the subpoenas will be complied with, or the House will have to take other measures."


Nunes said "multiple deadlines" have come and gone. "I think we went through a list of about 20 outstanding deadlines that have -- that have only partially been met or have not been met at all.

"So -- but the key is, the key takeaway is, that the Speaker of the House wanted to make sure that we essentially reset everything and got back on track to make sure that, this week, all of the outstanding requests are complied with this week."

"What documents are you looking for?" Bartiromo asked Nunes.

"Well, as you know, we are looking into FISA abuse and other matters," Nunes responded.

Nunes continued:

So, what does this mean is, how did you use our nation's counterintelligence capabilities -- these are capabilities that are used to track terrorists and other bad guys around the globe -- how did you weaponize that against a political campaign, the Trump campaign, where, ultimately, it ended up in Carter Page having FISA warrants put against him, which allowed the government to go in and grab all of his e-mails and phone calls?

So, that's primarily what we have been investigating for many, many months. We have asked for documents as it relates to that. And I will tell you, Chairman Gowdy was very, very clear with the Department of Justice and FBI, and said that if there was any vectoring of any informants or spies or whatever you want to call them into the Trump campaign before the investigation began, we better know about it by Sunday, meaning today.

He was very, very clear about that. And, as you probably know, there's breaking news this morning that now you have a couple Trump campaign people who are saying that they were -- that they -- actually, they have amended their testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.

They sent in both Friday night and this morning amendments to their testimony, saying that, in fact, they feel like somebody -- they don't -- they're not claiming it was the FBI, but someone ran informants or spies into them to try to get information and offer up Russian dirt to the Trump campaign.

Now, this would have been in May of 2016, which is obviously months before this counter-intelligence investigation was opened by the FBI into the Trump campaign.

Nunes said top FBI and Justice Department officials "have my phone number...They know how to call myself or Mr. Gowdy. If I were them, I would pick up the phone and call us and let us know what -- what this is all about, this story that broke in The Washington Post this morning, just hours ago.

"They probably ought to tell us whether or not they were involved in that, or else they have a major, major problem on their hands."

The Washington Post reported on Sunday that in May 2016, Roger Stone, a longtime associate of Donald Trump, met with a Russian calling himself Henry Greenberg, who "offered damaging information about Hillary Clinton" if Trump would pay $2 million for it, according to Stone, who said he rejected the offer because Trump "doesn't pay for anything."

Later, Stone got a text message from Michael Caputo, a Trump campaign communications official who had arranged the meeting after Greenberg had approached Caputo’s Russian-immigrant business partner, the Post reported.

“How crazy is the Russian?” Caputo wrote, according to a text message reviewed by The Post. Noting that Greenberg wanted “big” money, Stone replied, “waste of time.”

Stone and Caputo, who did not previously disclose the meeting to congressional investigators, now say they believe they were the targets of a setup by U.S. law enforcement officials hostile to Trump, the Post reported.

"We should have been told about this about eight months ago, OK?" Nunes told Bartiromo on Sunday. "Let's start there."

Nunes said a subpoena issued last August requested information about what the FBI was doing "right before and right after the opening of the counterintelligence investigation.

"So we asked for specific information and documents. As you know, that's what we have been fighting over for the last couple months now. And on Friday night, it culminated with us telling them, because they have swore up and down that they have given us everything that's pertinent to our investigation after the investigation was opened.

"And they have claimed that there is nothing else that exists before that date. Now, this Washington Post story, I don't know that they're claiming for sure that this was an FBI spy or informant. And I have no idea whether it is or not, but it has all the makings or the looks of some type of spy or informant," Nunes said.

"And that would be a major problem, because that is not something that has ever been brought to us. And it would be totally out of bounds."

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