Ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes (R-CA) told Fox Business host Lou Dobbs on Wednesday that the upcoming elections should not factor into whether charges are brought by Bill Barr’s Justice Department against subjects of U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Robert Mueller-led probe into alleged collusion between President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign team and Russia, Breitbart reported.
According to the Washington Examiner, sources close to the investigation have said that Durham is considering waiting until after the election to bring forth indictments and report on the results in an effort not to appear political. Barr, however, has been dismissive of those concerns — and Nunes just joined that camp.
Speaking with Dobbs, the Republican said that the individuals under investigation are not elected officials and thus would not impact elections.
“I’m not worried about this whole political issue because these are people that are not politicians,” Nunes said, according to Breitbart. “These are people that supposedly were working for our government. So these are not people that would sway the November election one way or the other. So I think they should bring it even if it’s October 15.”
Nunes: Biden would bury probe
Nunes also expressed concern Wednesday that a win by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in November, even if unlikely, would lead to the investigation being buried or dropped.
“If Biden somehow was to pull off a victory here, all this will be buried, and we will then be left with a totally corrupt Department of Justice and FBI that will never get fixed and it will take this country into a level of chaos that we have not seen, if these prosecutions are not brought and people are not held to justice and put in jail,” Nunes said, as Breitbart reported.
Indeed, it’s important to note that Biden was vice president when the Russia collusion investigation started. In other words, Biden has a vested interest in burying Durham’s probe, because there’s a possibility — however slim — that he could have been involved in the fraudulent efforts to paint President Trump as colluding with Russia, an allegation that all government agencies and officials have failed to prove for more than three years.
But that may not be something Americans have to worry about. Nunes made clear in his interview that he believes charges will be brought before November.
“I think they will,” he said, according to Breitbart. “I think they know that they — and I think they can.”
Echoing Nunes, Attorney General Barr has similarly indicated that the 2020 elections won’t stop Durham from handing down indictments.
“You don’t indict candidates — or perhaps someone that’s sufficiently close to a candidate that is essentially the same, you know, within a certain number of days before an election,” he told radio host Hugh Hewitt in April, according to Law & Crime. “But, you know, as I say, I don’t think any of the people whose actions are under review by Durham fall into that category.”
That’s good news for those itching for accountability in what many have dubbed the Trump–Russia hoax. As Lou Dobbs pointed out to Nunes on Wednesday, “The American people should always go to the polls with the best current information they have about how corrupt their government has been.”