Nunes: Trump's Declassification Order Will Help Explain the Strzok-Page 'Insurance Policy'

By Susan Jones | September 18, 2018 | 5:25am EDT
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) sits on the House intelligence committee. He is shown here with ranking member Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) (Screen capture)

( - The Trump-Russia case "was always an investigation in search of a crime," Rep. Devin Nunes, head of the House intelligence committee said on Monday, as he reacted to President Trump's statement ordering the declassification documents that will explain the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation.

"So it will be the 20 pages of the last FISA that was approved on Carter Page, which will have basically everything that was in it from (FISAs) number one, two, three and four," Nunes said.


"This is actually the insurance policy that was talked about in the Strzok-Page text. So a lot of people think the insurance policy was getting a FISA warrant on Carter Page. We actually believe it was more explicit than that. We believe it was actually -- that the insurance policy was specifically what they did that still is redacted."

President Trump has now ordered those pages declassified, along with the FBI 302s -- witness statements -- from Bruce Ohr. Nunes said those 302s are significant because they show the interaction between Christopher Steele, Fusion GPS "and many other rotten apples within the F.B.I. that were up to no good."

"Finally," Nunes continued, "there is exculpatory information that the president has ordered declassified that needs to happen. And then additionally, I think everybody knows there are text messages between the top leaders at the F.B.I. at the time that the president ordered declassified. This has got to be a great day for the American people."

Asked about the timing, Nunes said it should be a fairly quick and simple matter to make copies of the FISA warrant with no redactions and then give it to the press.

"The only thing that could take a little bit of time would be the interviews (the FBI 302s) that are in conjunction with the FISA -- Carter Page FISA -- that could be a little problematic, but I would think the leader if the free world, the president of the United States who has had to deal with the Russian nonsense for this long, if he orders it done, it shouldn't take more than a few days. But we're ready for it to take more than a few days because we're used to it," Nunes said.

In a brief statement on Monday, President Trump said:

At the request of a number of committees of Congress, and for reasons of transparency, the President has directed the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to provide for the immediate declassification of the following materials: (1) pages 10-12 and 17-34 of the June 2017 application to the FISA court in the matter of Carter W. Page; (2) all FBI reports of interviews with Bruce G. Ohr prepared in connection with the Russia investigation; and (3) all FBI reports of interviews prepared in connection with all Carter Page FISA applications.

In addition, President Donald J. Trump has directed the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to publicly release all text messages relating to the Russia investigation, without redaction, of James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr.

Ingraham noted that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the intelligence committee, is now accusing Trump of abusing his power by intervening in a pending law enforcement investigation.

Nunes responded that the declassification does not endanger national security, and it is "full transparency for the American people."

"Well, this was always an investigation in search of a crime," Nunes said.

"I supported Mueller when he was first appointed, partially because I thought, great, we have a good guy that was there before; he'll come in quickly, see that there's no evidence of collusion, except maybe there might be collusion between the Democrats and the Russians, which there is -- which the special counsel's done nothing about, nobody's investigated it.

"And, you know, now this thing has just gone on so long that it's scary to see the mainstream media, many Americans who have brought into this Russia koolade -- it's really, really scary."

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