Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) is promising to pursue criminal charges against the Robert Mueller team.
With the Russia hoax continuing to unravel, the Republican lawmaker told Fox News contributor Gregg Jarrett in an interview that aired Sunday night that his party is broadening investigations into Mueller and his investigators, the Washington Examiner reported.
Nunes: we’re coming for Mueller team
It was apparent when the Mueller probe ended in the spring of 2019 that Mueller’s team had failed to find collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, but the consequences of the probe continue to resonate more than a year later.
Evidence of misconduct by FBI agents who spied on the Trump campaign in 2016 and harassed Michael Flynn, a member of Trump’s transition team, continues to surface, raising new questions about an alleged plot by the Obama administration to damage Donald Trump.
In an interview with Jarrett, Nunes said that Mueller always knew the Russia probe was baseless and said that Republicans are going to do what they can to hold the Mueller team accountable.
“We’ve also expanded our investigation into the Mueller team and everything that happened with Mueller and the people at DOJ and FBI that were above Mueller. And so, we will be making criminal referrals in the coming weeks against the Mueller team. We’re just now putting that together and, of course, as always, waiting on more documents that we really need to come out,” Nunes said.
Nunes’ promise comes after it was revealed that the FBI knew that the Russia dossier, which played an important role in the Russia probe, could have been Russian disinformation, and that top members of the Obama administration all indicated in interviews with Congress that they had never seen evidence of collusion.
Will there ever be accountability?
Despite the spurious basis of the Russia/Mueller probe, it yielded several criminal cases for members of Trump’s team, including Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his contacts with a Russian ambassador before reversing his position this year.
The Obama administration monitored Flynn on the basis of his phone calls with the ambassador, apparently — again — with no real evidence that Flynn or anyone in Trump’s orbit was coordinating with the Kremlin. The FBI kept its investigation of Flynn open despite failing to find “derogatory” information, and they interviewed him with no lawyer present.
Flynn’s lawyer, Sidney Powell, is arguing that Mueller’s team purposefully targeted her client to “keep the obstruction hoax alive against the president,” she told Jarrett.
“We’re looking into everything that happened with Mueller,” Nunes said. “We already know what happened with Gen. Flynn is clearly corruption at the highest level. He should have never been prosecuted.
Whatever may happen with Nunes and the Republicans, a criminal probe of Russiagate is also plodding forward at the Justice Department, with high expectations.