“I WONT’ BELIEVE IT UNTIL I SEE IT”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Nov. 20, 2018) — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA22) told Sean Hannity Tuesday night that although Hannity’s sources say the Mueller “Russia collusion” probe is reaching a conclusion after 18 months, he “doesn’t believe it.” “I won’t believe it until I see it,” Nunes stated emphatically at the opening of his interview wtih Hannity from California.
“There was never any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia,” Nunes asserted. “So I’m glad that maybe this is coming to an end, but I will stress I still don’t believe it. I won’t believe it until I see it.”
He claimed that the “real collusion” was on the part of the “Clinton campaign” and that he is disappointed that the Mueller probe has not expanded to encompass it. Nunes also wants to know “who leaked General Flynn’s name,” referring to phone calls Trump’s first national security adviser, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (Ret) reportedly made to Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. in late 2016.
Nunes said that the “insurance policy” former FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok invoked with his then-paramour, FBI Counsel Lisa Page in the event that Trump won the presidency, is the “last FISA that no one knows yet,” meaning the fourth and final FISA application to monitor the communications of 2016 Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
Nunes suggested that the still-classified FISA documentation is something other than the Russia “dossier” compiled by former MI6 agent Christopher Steele, contracted by Fusion GPS and the DNC. Nunes called the obscured documents “as concerning, if not more concerning, than the original information that was used…”
As he told “Sunday Morning Futures” host Maria Bartiromo on Sunday morning, Nunes Described “four buckets” of classified information that he is anxious for Trump to declassify in order to shed more light on why the FBI and DOJ obtained FISA four warrants on Carter Page.
On September 18, Trump pledged to release the documentation publicly, but after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reportedly cautioned him against such a move, three days later Trump asked the Justice Department’s Inspector General’s office to review it as an extra precaution.
In July, 412 pages of FISA application documentation was released to the government-watchdog group Judicial Watch after it filed a lawsuit as a result of an unanswered FOIA request. “The warrants are controversial because the FISA court was never told that the key information justifying the requests came from a “dossier” that was created by Fusion GPS, a paid agent of the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee. The initial Carter Page warrant was granted just weeks before the 2016 election. Today’s document release supports criticisms by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee who released a memo that criticized the FISA targeting. The memo details how the “minimally corroborated” Clinton-DNC dossier was an essential part of the FBI and DOJ’s applications for surveillance warrants to spy on Page,” JW wrote in a July 21, 2018 press release.
As Democrats won the majority of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, Nunes will be relinquishing the committee chairmanship to now-ranking member Adam Schiff, who has vowed to “get answers Republicans didn’t” during its investigation into the origins of the “Russia collusion” probe.
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.