Nunes: House Republicans Mulling Criminal Referrals Against Mueller Prosecutors

Written by Martin Walsh

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Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s entire Russia investigation was nothing more than a two-long scam that failed to give Democrats their chance to remove President Donald Trump from office.

While his witch hunt backfired and vindicated the president, a new surprise Mueller bombshell has everyone talking.

During an interview with Just The News, former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes said House Republicans are planning to send criminal referrals against members of Mueller’s prosecution team.

Having examined witness reports and other new documents released by the FBI, Republicans now claim to have evidence that Mueller’s team misled the courts during their investigation.

“We’re now going through these 302s, and we’re going to be making criminal referrals on the Mueller dossier team, the people that put this report together,” the lawmaker said.

“It’s a lie. A total lie,” he added.

Here are more highlights from the interview:

Nunes specifically reacted to a story in Just The News disclosing that FBI memos of key figure George Papadopoulos show he was helpful in trying to locate a witness named Joseph Mifsud but that Mueller’s prosecutors portrayed Papdopoulos as trying to thwart or frustrate the investigation’s efforts to question Mifsud.

“I always assumed that Papadopolis probably was helpful. I mean, he’s kind of alluded to that, that he offered to be helpful, but we had never seen the actual 302s,” Nunes said. 

Nunes said he hopes John Durham, the U.S. Attorney in Connecticut named by Attorney General William Barr to investigate the Russia investigators, can turn his attention to the conduct of Mueller’s team and not just the FBI leaders who started the Russia probe using opposition research from Hillary Clinton’s campaign. He said one unanswered question remains when the FBI realized they were investigating Trump using Clinton-paid research.

“The only question that we don’t know is at what point did the Clinton dirty operation merge with the FBI?” he said. “And it’s something only Durham can get to the bottom of.

You can listen to the Nunes interview here.

Nunes sent eight criminal referrals to the Justice Department last year as part of his committee’s investigation into FISA abuse.

This new round of referrals from Nunes will be the first to target Mueller’s prosecution team, and it may force the Department of Justice to investigate Mueller’s prosecutors, along with the conclusion of the Russia report.

This comes as the recently released FISA spy report found that FBI officials had falsified documents for the FISA court so they had a better chance of securing warrants to spy on members of the Trump campaign, such as aide Carter Page.

And, most importantly, it’s important to note that Obama’s FBI obtained FISA warrants to spy on members of the Trump campaign by using the discredited dossier, which was bought and paid for by Democrats and Hillary Clinton.

Below are some high-points of what Horowitz found:

  • There was extreme bias against then-candidate Trump.
  • The FBI deliberately doctored evidence it presented to the nation’s top spy court in order to gain authority to spy on a key Trump affiliate.
  • The FBI and the Justice Department’s review committee failed to comply with attorney general guidelines requiring timely validation.
  • Investigators uncovered issues with FBI employees who conducted validation reviews, noting they did not “review the full scope” of a long-term source’s work for the FBI.
  • The inspector general found “at least 17 significant errors or omissions” concerning FBI efforts to obtain secret FISA warrants against Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

Back in January, a former official on Mueller’s team was thrown in jail.