Supporters of President Donald Trump have long had serious suspicions about the potentially criminal actions of those associated with the Robert Mueller-led Russia collusion investigation, and now, a senior Republican congressman says some of those individuals do indeed deserve prosecution, the Washington Examiner reported.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, appeared on Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle Monday to explain his thoughts on the topic.
Specifically, Nunes argued that newly-released documents show that multiple members of Mueller’s team lied in court regarding what they actually knew about low-level Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos.
302s tell the tale
“Remember the whole story that Papadopoulos needed to be really treated badly and sentenced to some time because he really stopped the FBI from being able to find Joseph Mifsud?” Nunes asked host Laura Ingraham.
Mifsud is the mysterious Maltese academic who played a key role in the Russia collusion saga by telling Papadopoulos in 2016 that the Russians had access to emails that could be damaging to the Clinton campaign.
“Well, it ends up that’s not true. That’s not what the 302s say,” Nunes stated, referring to FBI interview notes that are generally referred to in official parlance as “302s.”
“The 302s actually say that Papadopoulos was actually trying to help the FBI,” the California congressman explained, “and they’re the ones that said that Mifsud was going to be in the United States,” further undermining claims that the former Trump campaign aide hindered the agency’s ability to apprehend the nebulous Mr. Mifsud.
Nunes also made reference to reporting that suggests there are FBI memos that reveal that Papadopoulos had actually put forth information that could have facilitated the detention or arrest of Mifsud, according to the Examiner.
In 2017, Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and was sentenced to 14-days in prison. However, he has since claimed that it was, in fact, federal officials who were lying.
“Incredible to think I was wiretapped, had foreign intel operatives harassing me on orders from Brennan, wannabe honey pots trying to seduce me, $10,000 thrown in my lap, not allowed to choose my counsel I wanted in DC and after all that, Mueller and his hacks still lied,” Papadopoulos tweeted last week.
Nunes, for his part, asserted Monday that “the lawyers that wrote that to the court, that recommendation to the court [that Papadopoulos needed to receive prison time], they need to be held accountable.”
The California Republican went on: “We’re scrubbing through all of these 302s, and we will be making some type of criminal referral.”