Donald Trump’s presidency might be over, but that doesn’t mean criminal charges aren’t still to come in U.S. Attorney John Durham’s ongoing probe into the origins of the infamous Trump–Russia collusion investigation.
Speaking with Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) said Saturday that Republicans still want to see indictments against former FBI Director James Comey and his ilk for their involvement in what many saw as a phony investigation into the now-former president, the Washington Examiner reported.
Nunes comments reportedly came during the latest episode of Fox’s Justice with Judge Jeanine.
“What the American people are waiting for and Republicans are waiting for is for John Durham to indict these guys and throw them in jail,” Nunes told Pirro, according to the Examiner.
“Something is shifting”
The congressman’s statement came after he was asked by Pirro to respond to recent remarks from Comey asserting that “the Republican Party needs to be burned down or changed.”
Speaking with The Guardian, the former FBI director went on to criticize Trump, saying he and his supporters are bad for the GOP.
“Something is shifting, and I’m hoping it’s the fault breaking apart, a break between the Trumpists and those people who want to try and build a responsible conservative party, because everybody should know that we need one,” Comey said, as the Washington Examiner reported.
“Who would want to be part of an organization that at its core is built on lies and racism and know-nothingism? It’s just not a healthy political organization,” he added.
Republicans want charges
Comey, at one point, was a Republican — or at least he called himself one. But the former FBI chief has been a staunch opponent of Trump’s since before he even took office — and in the eyes of Nunes and many Republicans, Comey took his opposition too far.
Durham is said to be looking into whether misconduct by Comey and his cronies at the Justice Department led to the investigation into since-disproven allegations of ties between Trump’s 2016 campaign team and the Kremlin. The U.S. attorney was made a special counsel ahead of former Attorney General Bill Barr’s resignation late last year in an effort to protect his probe from being easily squashed by a new administration.
Of course, as Nunes conceded, it remains unclear whether Comey or agents who worked under him will indeed face any charges. According to the Examiner, the congressman said on Saturday that he doesn’t “know if the rest of [Comey’s] people skate or not.”
But one thing is for certain: Republicans aren’t ready to give up the fight for accountability, even with Trump out of the White House.