DEVIN NUNES NOTIFIES DOJ OF CRIMINAL REFERRALS IN LEAK, CONSPIRACY PROBE
California Rep. Devin Nunes notified Attorney General William Barr of eight “potential violations of law” that he says Republicans uncovered during the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation.
In a letter to sent Thursday, Nunes offered to brief Barr on the referrals along with Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe, a Republican on the House Intelligence panel.
“As part of that investigation, Committee Republicans identified several potential violations of law,” reads the letter from Nunes, the top Republican on House Intelligence.
The letter provides no details about who is being referred for investigation. But Nunes has indicated that five individuals will be referred for investigation, while some of the referrals will describe evidence of possible crimes within specifying who committed them. (RELATED: Devin Nunes To Make Criminal Referrals To DOJ For ‘Conspiracy,’ Leaking Classified Information)
Fox News first reported the letter.
Nunes said Sunday he would submit referrals for alleged leaks of classified information, “intelligence manipulation” and lying to Congress.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr testifies on the Justice Department’s budget proposal before a House Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., April 9, 2019. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
“We believe there is a conspiracy to lie to the FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] court, mislead the FISA court, by numerous individuals that all need to be investigated and looked at,” Nunes said Sunday on Fox News.
Nunes and other House Republicans have investigated whether the FBI misled the FISA court in applications to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. The FBI relied heavily on the Steele dossier in the FISA applications, even though the report’s allegations had not been verified. Former British spy Christopher Steele compiled the dossier while working for the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee.
House Intelligence Republicans have also investigated whether Obama administration officials illegally unmasked the identity of Trump associates in classified intelligence reports.
Barr has showed a willingness to investigate possible malfeasance in the FBI’s handling of the Russia probe.
He told the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday that he plans to form a team to investigate the FBI and other government agencies’ activities leading up to the opening of the investigation. He also said that he believed that the government had spied on the Trump campaign.
“I think spying did occur. Yes, I think spying did occur. But the question is whether it was predicated, adequately predicated,” Barr said. “I’m not suggesting it wasn’t adequately predicated, but I need to explore that.”
A spokesman for Nunes declined to reveal who will be referred to the Justice Department for investigation.