Nunes: IG Report Contains Evidence That Should Have Been Given to Congress

By Susan Jones | June 15, 2018 | 6:20am EDT
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), chairman of the House intelligence committee, speaks to Fox News's Laura Ingraham on June 14. (Photo: Screen capture/Fox)

( - Asked for his initial reaction to the Justice Department inspector-general's report, Rep. Devin Nunes, the head of the House intelligence committee, said it contained information that should have been given to Congress:

The first thing I can think of is is there was information we got today at 11:00 oclok, 12:00 oclock that actually chairman Gowdy had to call and tell me what it was, text messages that we had been asking for since late last year.

Now these are text messages that clearly were pertinent to our investigation and to FISA abuse and to the Russia investigation, whether or not there was collusion. These are emails or text messages that somebody held from us. So every day that goes by, there's a new example of obstruction of the congressional investigation.

Ingraham read one of the newly released text message exchanges between FBI Agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, both of whom worked on the Clinton email investigation and the Trump-Russia investigation.

Page wrote to Strzok, "[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!" she wailed.

“No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it,” Strzok replied.

"He was the lead investigator on the Clinton email case," Nunes said of Strzok. "He's the lead investigator that starts off the counterintelligence investigation using our intelligence agencies to go after the target, the Trump campaign. This is the guy who leads it off.

But worse than all that, worse than all that-- and I just want to repeat what I said in the opening. Why wasn't that given to Congress? Why did I find out about that today at noon? I mean, this is a classic case of obstruction, but then the question is, who's going to go investigate these guys?

I mean, we're going to come out, we're going to be very transparent with the American people, were ultimately going to get all the documents that we want. Ultimately this is all going to spill out, and the people are going to ask, well, what are you going to do? Who's going to get busted? Who's going to go to jail?

Nunes questioned why Strzok's "we'll stop it" text was redacted in the information released to Congress: "And that's the problem. They keep blacking things out across the board, not giving us documents that at the end of the day always end up being very pertinent to our investigation."

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