Rep. Devin Nunes: Why Is Russian Targeting of Republicans Omitted From DOJ Indictment?

By Susan Jones | July 16, 2018 | 7:21 AM EDT

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) chairs the House intelligence committee. (Photo: Screen grab/YouTube)

( - "It's great" that the U.S. Justice Department has indicted 12 Russian military officers for hacking the DNC and other Democrat entities, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) told "Sunday Morning Futures" with Maria Bartiromo.

"Yes, they did bad things. I mean, they're always up to bad things," Nunes said about the Russians. "We know that. They have very sophisticated intelligence capabilities in Russia. And they are always -- they are constantly attacking the United States and our allies."

But Nunes said the indictment announced on Friday omits some important information: "So the indictment plays like they're only going after the Democrats, when Bob Mueller and all his investigators and his lawyers know for a fact that they (Russians) also targeted Republicans. Why is that not in the indictment? It makes the indictment look ridiculous."

Page 25 of the 29-page indictment does mention that the Russians "also searched for state political party email addresses, including filtered queries for email addresses listed on State Republican Party websites."

Nunes said nothing in the indictment comes as a surprise to him or his committee: "Well, we knew about this a year-and-a-half ago. Almost everything in the indictment, we knew about."

On March 22, Nunes noted, the House intelligence committee released its findings on Russian interference in the U.S. election. "Finding #7" in the report says "Russia conducted cyberattacks on U.S. political institutions in 2015-2016." And "Finding #8" in that same report says: "Russian-state actors and third-party intermediaries were responsible for the dissemination of documents and communications stolen from U.S. political organizations."

"All you had to do was (read) page 4, and you only had to read chapter two, and you would have had nearly everything that's in the indictment," Nunes said. “The problem is, nearly all of the information is redacted. The intelligence agencies refused to declassify the report,” Nunes noted.

"I mean, we basically wrote the indictment for Mueller. The House Republicans, without the support of the Democrats, wrote the indictment for the Mueller special counsel, essentially, and information that we have had for over a year."

Nune said the committee report contains more information than what's in the indictment. "This is what's very frustrating," he said. "So why doesn't the -- why doesn't Department of Justice allow this to be declassified, so the American public can see this?" Nunes asked.

Nunes also questioned the timing of the DOJ indictment: "You (DOJ) knew about this a year-and-a-half ago. You for sure knew it because you got our report. So you for sure knew it by March and April of this year.

"And then it looks like all you did, all the Mueller (team) did was validate our report, indict some Russians, and leave out, I think, some very pertinent...evidence that the American public should see, which is why we continue to have to fight.

"This report has been mocked by the media, has been mocked by the Democrats, and still is mostly redacted by the Department of Justice and the intelligence agencies."

But Nunes also said that every time the truth does come out, "we're proven right."

For the record, the intelligence community assessment of Russian interference, dated January 6, 2017, says: "Russia’s intelligence services conducted cyber operations against targets associated with the 2016 US presidential election, including targets associated with both major US political parties...Russia collected on some Republican-affiliated targets but did not conduct a comparable disclosure campaign."

And three days later, on Jan. 10, 2017, then-FBI Director James Comey told the Senate intelligence committee: "There was evidence that there was hacking directed at state level organizations, state level campaigns and the RNC, but old domains of the RNC. That is, email domains that they were no longer using and the information was harvested from there, but it was old stuff. None of that was released. We did not develop any evidence that the Trump campaign or the current RNC was successfully hacked."

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