SAYS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SHOULD “COME CLEAN WITH EVERYTHING”
by Sharon Rondeau
(May 15, 2018) — On Tuesday’s edition of the FNC morning program “Fox & Friends,” House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) Chairman Devin Nunes appeared in person, telling co-hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade that testimony by FusionGPS founder Glenn Simpson that a source “within” the Trump campaign provided fuel for the launching of a counterintelligence investigation by the FBI is “truthful.”
FusionGPS was hired by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton’s campaign to gather opposition research on Donald Trump associated with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign.
As a result of what Nunes said was an attempt to “walk back” Simpson’s testimony in an article in The Washington Post, Nunes opined, “Now he’s confirmed that he was telling Congress the truth, which is probably a good idea.”
Nunes’s interview was conducted against the larger backdrop of a report from The Wall Street Journal on Thursday that the FBI had placed a “spy” either inside of or close to the Trump campaign to obtain information.
“If there was a spy, though, what does that mean for FusionGPS or for Christopher Steele?” Earhardt asked, referring to the former MI6 agent who compiled the now-infamous “Trump/Russia dossier” used as a basis for obtaining surveillance warrants against former Trump foreign-policy adviser Carter Page.
“I think what it really means is it will look badly on the Department of Justice and the FBI on how they conducted this investigation. That’s what we’re trying to get to the bottom of. We’re trying to get clarity and sunlight for the American people so they know everything that happened on how this investigation began,” Nunes responded (emphasis his).
Nunes’s committee has subpoenaed the documentation but been stonewalled by the DOJ and FBI. In a statement released on the committee’s website following last week’s meeting, Nunes wrote:
We had a productive discussion today with officials from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Department of Justice, and FBI in which we raised questions related to information requested from the Intelligence Community. The officials committed to holding further discussions of these matters, and we look forward to continuing our dialogue next week to satisfy the Committee’s request.
“We have yet to see any credible evidence or intelligence that led to the opening of this investigation,” Nunes told the co-hosts. Last month, when he and Gowdy were permitted to view a redacted version of the electronic communication (EC) which allegedly gave rise to the counterintelligence investigation, Nunes said there was no “intelligence” presented in the document to justify such a decision.
When Doocy posited that Nunes might believe “that Donald Trump was framed,” Nunes replied, “I believe they never should have opened a counterintelligence investigation into a political party.”
To Kilmeade’s questions of, “What happened last week? What’s going to happen tomorrow?” Nunes replied, “Well, I think we had a productive meeting last week. And really, the solution here is to get the Department of Justice to just come clean with everything and provide all the documents in a timely manner. So tomorrow we’re going to go back to the Department of Justice. They have questions that we left for them to answer for us this week, and I think we’ll have another productive session and hopefully that will lead to shine some light on this whole situation.”
Earhardt then read a statement from the DOJ issued on Monday after Nunes and Gowdy reportedly accused the DOJ of attempting to use anonymous sources to impugn the integrity of one of their congressional investigators. The statement reads, “As Deputy Attorney General [Rod] Rosenstein has said repeatedly, we don’t put a lot of stock in anonymous sources over here and we are committed to continuing to work with Chairmen Gowdy and Nunes to accommodate their requests.”
After reading the statement aloud, Earhardt asked Nunes, “Are they working with you?” to which he responded, “Yeah. I think that Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, has a real chance here to clean this mess up for the American people. He really can step in…nobody’s asking for sources…Let’s just talk about — lay all the cards out on the table; here’s what happened and how this counterintelligence investigation was opened.”
In previous interviews and statements, Nunes and House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows have said that Articles of Impeachment have been drawn up against Rosenstein for failing to turn over the requested documents. In response, Rosenstein has said that his department will not be “extorted.”
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.