“IF THEY DON’T GO TO PRISON…”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Apr. 3, 2019) — On Wednesday night’s “Hannity,” former House Intelligence Committee Chairman and current ranking member Devin Nunes said the criminal referrals he has been promising to issue as a result of interviews conducted by the committee and others associated with the Mueller “collusion” probe will be submitted to the Justice Department this week or next, as suggested by host Sean Hannity.
The show airs Monday-Friday at 9:00 p.m. ET.
Nunes is basing the referrals on his claim that interviewees “lied” to the several House committees investigating how and why a counterintelligence probe was launched into the 2016 Trump campaign by the FBI. The investigation was transferred to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, which concluded on March 22 without additional indictments or findings of “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia, as alleged.
“We are working on the referrals; there’s going to be many of them; there’re probably going to be a dozen, if not two dozen individuals…there are people who definitely lied and misled Congress, so if they don’t go to prison, we’re going to have a two-tier Justice Department — justice system in this country, and it’s not going to be good for the American people.”
Appearing with Nunes was Rep. Jim Jordan, the ranking member on the House Oversight Committee.
At 9:44 p.m. Hannity said to Jordan that “a cascade” of documentation is expected to be released to the public soon to include “302s,” the interview summaries the FBI uses and which are said to exist from the FBI’s Russia-Trump investigation. Also anticipated is 20+ classified pages accompanying surveillance warrant applications for former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page.
Some have suggested that a number of 302 forms were altered at the order of FBI officials.
“I want all the information that fed into this,” Nunes said, claiming that the “dossier,” considered the main justification to obtain four FISA warrants on Page, likely contains “a lot of fake evidence.”
The dossier was assembled by former FBI source Christopher Steele, an avid Trump opponent who continued to feed the information to Justice Department official Bruce Ohr after the 2016 presidential election. Steele’s sources have not been identified, nor did Steele vouch for the veracity of the information in the dossier during testimony in a court case in the UK, where Steele is a citizen and resident.
Jordan suggested that Mueller should now be subpoenaed to answer questions about his investigation, which not only reportedly found no evidence of “collusion,” but also declined to establish that Trump at any time obstructed justice in regard to his firing of FBI Director James Comey nearly two years ago or in regard to the investigation.
Both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees found and declared last year that they found no evidence of “collusion.”
Now that Democrats control all House committees, they are moving forward with requesting Trump’s tax returns from the IRS and announcing investigations into Trump’s business activities and financing before he entered politics in 2015. Many continue to insist that Trump has committed crimes and that they have seen evidence of collusion.
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.