Nunes: 'Phase 2' of Russia Investigation Involves State Department

By Susan Jones | February 5, 2018 | 7:05am EST
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) chairs the House intelligence committee (Photo: Screen grab/Fox News)

( - Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House intelligence committee, says the memo released by committee Republicans on Friday completes "the FISA abuse portion of our investigation."

He said Phase 2 is now underway, and it focuses on the the State Department:

"Are there other memos that are going to come out? You said this was phase one," Fox News's Bret Baier asked Nunes on Friday evening:


"Yes, so this completes just the FISA abuse portion of our investigation," Nunes replied.

"We are in the middle of what I call phase-2 which involves other departments. Specifically the State Department and some of the involvement that they had in this. That investigation is ongoing, and we continue to work towards finding answers and asking the right questions to try to get to the bottom of what exactly the State Department was up to in terms of this Russian investigation."

Asked about Nunes' comment on Sunday, Rep. Trey Gowdy, the man who authored the "phase one" memo on FISA surveillance, said he doesn't know about a second memo.

"I don't think there's a memo about the State Department," Gowdy told CBS's "Face the Nation."

"I think what -- I think what Devin said is, there's a phase two of the investigation.

“And there is -- we do have concerns with a certain aspect of State Department involvement, and have serious concerns about it. It's not been public yet. So I think what Chairman Nunes meant is, there's another aspect to the investigation.

“But if there is a second memo, I don't know about it," Gowdy said.

Appearing on "Fox & Friends" Monday morning, Nunes repeated that his committee is now looking at "irregularities" in the State Department.

"And we have several other areas that we're looking at, but I don't want the American people to think that we're going to have a memo that will go through this process. What we'll do is we will follow in phase two, we will follow the facts where they lead. And when we get enough facts, we'll figure out a way to let the American people know. Likely it won't be done in the way this was done."

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