“SOMEBODY NEEDS TO LOOK AT THESE CHARACTERS”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jul. 28, 2019) — In an interview with Maria Bartiromo of “Sunday Morning Futures,” ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes described former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, capping a 22-month investigation assumed from the FBI, as “nothing more, nothing less than a cover-up.”
The interview, conducted in two sequential parts, began with Nunes stating that Mueller, who testified Wednesday to the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, “didn’t write the report.”
Following Mueller’s testimony on Capitol Hill, many observers reached the same conclusion, including Harvard Law School Prof. Emeritus Alan Dershowitz. Some speculated further that Mueller may not, in fact, have overseen the investigation, but that rather, it was carried out by a number of prosecutors on his 19-member “team.”
During the second segment, Nunes said that former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos “had been cooperating” with Mueller’s investigation prior to his July 2017 arrest at Dulles Airport by the FBI. Papadopoulos would later accept a plea agreement on one count of lying to the FBI for which he served 12 days in federal prison last year.
“None of this makes any sense, and it really looks like the Mueller team — remember, I call it the Mueller ‘dossier’ — Mueller clearly wasn’t involved in this, but look, this is nothing more, nothing less than a cover-up,” Nunes told Bartiromo.
Chairman of the Intelligence Committee during the 115th Congress, Nunes has long contended that the FBI opened its investigation much earlier than July 31, 2016, the date the law-enforcement agency has officially provided.
For the first time, Nunes disclosed that according to the committee’s investigation, the FBI placed Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (Ret) under investigation in 2015 for an alleged affair with a former Russian national who is now a British citizen. Flynn became President Trump’s first national security adviser but was forced to resign three weeks later after parts of his conversation with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak were leaked to The Washington Post.
Nunes and others have observed that the perpetrators of leaks which plagued the Trump transition and early presidency have not yet been identified nor prosecuted.
In response to Bartiromo’s question, “Who is the mastermind of the plan to insert Donald Trump into Russia meddling…?” Nunes responded, “…The Clinton campaign’s involved. We know the FBI is involved to some degree; we don’t know exactly what they were doing before July 31, 2016. Why? Because they wouldn’t answer the questions that we had over the last two years. And in fact, when we were getting close — we wanted transcripts, there were things that we wanted — those were not given to the United States House of Representatives under Republican control. You know why? Because the Mueller ‘dossier’ team wouldn’t let us have them. So that’s why I say somebody needs to look at these characters that were on Mueller’s team. I think they obstructed justice; they obstructed a Congressional investigation,” he said.
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.