Nunes Expects to Release 70 Witness Depositions Taken by His Committee in the 'Next Few Weeks'

By Susan Jones | September 17, 2018 | 4:53am EDT
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) chairs the House intelligence committee (File Photo/Screen capture)

( - Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House intelligence committee, said on Sunday he expects to release, before the election, dozens of depositions given to his committee in connection with the Trump-Russia investigation.

So, we believe that the depositions that we took, I think nearly about 70 people, those need to be published. And they need to be published, I think, before the election. Published, I mean being put out for the American people to review, so that they can see the work that we did and they can see all of the people that were interviewed by us and their answers to those questions.

I think full transparency is in order here. So I expect to make those available from our committee to the American public here in the next few weeks.

"You are going to declassify your depositions of some 70 individuals related to the Trump-Russia collusion narrative?" Maria Bartiromo, host of Fox News's "Sunday Morning Futures," asked Nunes.


"Yes," Nunes said. "So some of them are not even classified. Some of them are just held at the committee.

"So, matter of fact, I think 70 or 80 percent of them are not classified. The ones that are classified, we will have to send to the department of the -- or the director of national intelligence to declassify, but we hope that that would only take a matter of days, and they don't do their normal foot-dragging, where they slow-roll and we don't get these before the election.

"But just for the sake of full transparency, because there's so much that's out there that's misinformation or disinformation on the -- on this Russia-gate fiasco, that we need this information out before the election.  And that's why we have been asking the president of the United States to declassify many more documents as it relates to not only Bruce Ohr, but also with the Carter Page FISA."

Nunes said he believes President Trump "doesn't have any choice" but to declassify the information about the origins of the Trump-Russia probe.

"The president talks a lot about how this Russia investigation has hampered his administration. And I totally agree with the president on that. And if the president wants the American people to really understand just how broad and invasive this investigation has been to many Americans, and how unfair it has been, he has no choice but to declassify," Nunes said.

"And I will tell you, if -- as we continue to move forward here, it's in the best interests of our intelligence agencies to have full transparency on this, because you're -- you're really dealing with many Americans who are living in an alternative universe, who have drank this Russia Kool-Aid."

Nunes told Bartiromo she would be "shocked"at how many Americans actually believe that Donald Trump and House Republicans are under control of Vladimir Putin. "I mean...I bet 10, 15, 20 percent of Americans believe this...And it's absolutely nuts."

Walls 'beginning to close in'

Nunes said "the walls are beginning to close in" on "corrupt officials" at the FBI and Justice Department.

He noted that "many" high-ranking people have been fired, demoted or placed on leave. He also said his committee has known for a long time that there was no collusion or coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Asked about newly revealed text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page discussing a "media leak strategy," Nunes said, "This ought to scare the American people."

It scares me to know that the FBI and DOJ would go out and leak fake news stories in many cases, plant them in many cases, and then pick up those fake news stories to use it as a pretext -- and that's the word that they use in their texts, in one of their text messages -- a pretext to go out and interview American citizens, knock on their door and say, look, we read these three news stories that we're not going to tell you we actually planted with the news, and we want to talk to you about these new stories.

So that's first.

Second, don't forget that the Page -- the Carter Page FISA, it wasn't just that they used the Clinton dirt to -- as a basis to go out and get the FISA. They also used planted news stories to corroborate the -- the dossier in front of the court. So they went to the court and said, look, look at these news stories, Judge. They actually match this dossier, never telling the court that actually, no, those were planted news stories by the Clinton campaign and the FBI.

So these -- these people are really dirty. I hope that we continue to get all of this information out before the election, so that people know just how sick this Russia Kool-Aid that's been poured upon the American people, how bad it's really been.

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