When Democrats regained control of the House — and all of its committees — after the 2018 midterms, it was feared that many of the investigations into alleged wrongdoings by Obama administration officials in the lead-up to the 2016 election would be lost forever.
However, the ranking Republican member and former chair of the House Intelligence Committee, California Rep. Devin Nunes, just assured Fox News host Sean Hannity that his work would continue even while in the minority. Nunes said he and his colleagues will soon be sending criminal referrals to the Justice Department for “many people” who have lied to Congress or federal authorities — perhaps including Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Criminal referrals are coming
Speaking to Hannity on Tuesday night, Nunes offered up reassurance that he is continuing to look into wrongdoings such as abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court — even though the Democrats in charge are unlikely to be cooperative.
“Look, we need the new attorney general to get in there and then we will be making criminal referrals on many people who lied to Congress and did other bad things,” Nunes said.
Hannity then asked, sarcastically, if that meant Americans would soon see “pre-dawn raids” like the one recently launched against longtime Trump associate Roger Stone — but this time, on Democrats.
With a smile, Nunes replied: “Well, I’m not asking for anybody to be Roger Stone’d, which I think is now a verb…but I am expecting people to be held accountable. So if you are going to bust people for lying to Congress, then we need to bust everyone for lying to Congress.”
Being held accountable
Later in the segment, Nunes noted that while his committee hasn’t found any evidence of “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia, they did find evidence of “collusion” between the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Kremlin by virtue of the largely debunked anti-Trump dossier full of misinformation that was spread by Democrats and the media.
Mention of the dossier, which ultimately led to Mueller’s special counsel investigation, shifted Nunes and Hannity’s conversation to the FISA abuse that allegedly occurred during the Obama administration, which prompted Hannity to wonder if any of the former officials who lied in FISA warrant applications would ever be held responsible for their actions.
“All of them should be held accountable,” Nunes asserted. “Probably the right thing to happen would be the [FISA] judges, hold them accountable. But in the meantime, the new attorney general, when he gets in there, he should immediately call for some type of review of all of this, and we’re [going to] present him the information that we have, and I think at that point, hopefully, something will happen.”
Hannity then mentioned a recent report that revealed that Mueller was called before the FISA court when he served as FBI director to answer for at least 75 different cases where exculpatory information for the target of a warrant had been improperly withheld by the FBI. Many of these cases occurred prior to Mueller’s ascension to the director role.
Still, while Nunes declined to respond directly to Hannity’s mention of Mueller’s FISA court issues, if what Nunes said about issuing criminal referrals against those known to have lied, one of those referrals could very well have Mueller’s name on it.
But only time will tell.