Nunes Wants A New Attorney General to Investigate FISA Abuse, 'Dirty Cops' at FBI

Susan Jones | November 19, 2018 | 6:11am EST
Font Size
Reps. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) at a hearing of the House intelligence committee. (File Photo/Screen capture)

( - With Democrats taking control of the House next year, the current investigations into the FBI, the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, and FISA abuse will end unless a new attorney general picks up where House Republicans left off, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) told "Sunday Morning Futures" with Maria Bartiromo.

"We sent a list of about 40 names to our Russia task force that Chairman Goodlatte and Chairman Gowdy are heading up. Likely, they're not going to get through those names, because they just haven't had -- haven't had enough time,"  Nunes said:


But, look, this begs an investigation by the Department of Justice. So either the Department of Justice, under new leadership, can actually go in and investigate this cast of dirty cops, is really what they were, and their connections to the Russians and their connections to the Clinton campaign.

Either it's a special counsel or the DOJ has to do that. Now, that's the way that this is going to be solved, because our committee -- and I'm very proud of the work we have done. We unearthed all of this information. The American people now know that the Trump campaign was unmasking American citizens.

They know that -- that many of the Trump campaign people were targeted. They know that they used a dossier that was paid for by the Clinton campaign to go after and use it in a FISA warrant against the campaign.

So, we're really proud of what we have done. And we want the American people to see these -- these four buckets of information that need to be declassified.

Nunes and other House Republicans are urging President Trump to "give some finality to our investigation" by declassifying what Nunes called the “four buckets” of  information.

They include the most recent FISA renewal application signed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein; e-mails from Bruce Ohr to FBI officials; exculpatory evidence that was never given to the FISA court; and emails between the FBI, DOJ and others "that clearly show that they knew about information that should have been presented to the FISA court," Nunes said.

"Now, these are classified. And they need to be declassified," he added.

Democrats dispute the Republican contention that the FISA process was abused by the FBI and Clinton-supporting Democrats in order to get a warrant to spy on a Trump campaign volunteer.

Nunes said Democrats have "been in denial" about it:

"Their party was colluding directly with the Russians. Their entire party and the Clinton campaign should be investigated, because, if you're going to investigate -- if you're going to open up a secret investigation on the Trump campaign, when you had no evidence into them colluding with the Russians, when you -- in fact, the FBI used the evidence that the Clinton campaign paid for that was coming directly from Russians.

"So, the very thing (the) Trump campaign was investigated for, they did. So I assume maybe there is no FISA abuse in their own mind because they think it's OK. They think, as long as the Democrats are the ones that are using secret courts to spy on their political opponents, then it's OK."

In the next Congress, Nunes will be replaced as chairman of the House intelligence committee by Democrat Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who is a true believer in Trump-Russia collusion.

"Well, I'm actually looking forward to our first open hearing," Nunes said, "because, for two years now, the Democrats on the committee and all through Congress have been saying that they have more than circumstantial evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians, more than.

"So, at the first open hearing we're going to have, I'm looking forward to them finally releasing this information, because we know that the only thing that hasn't leaked is this information about the Trump campaign colluding with Russians. So they have promised it. They now have the majority. So, finally, maybe now they will present their evidence."

Republicans on the intelligence committee have concluded that there was no Trump-Russia collusion.

"At some point, Maria, I just want to say that you don't just get away with two years repeating the same garbage over and over again, essentially chasing Russian ghosts in the closet, infuriating the American people.

"There's so many Americans out there whose minds have been poisoned, who believe that the Trump campaign actually did collude with the Russians, because they have had dishonest politicians saying such.

"Now, look, they weaponized this. They used it for crowdfunding, where you had all of these millions of Americans who sent money all over the country to districts they didn't even live in to actually attack Republicans. That happened in dozens and dozens of districts. So, look, at the end of the day, they have a responsibility now. They're in charge. Where is their evidence?"

mrc merch