Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) has promised to bring new criminal referrals against Robert Mueller’s team, Fox News reported Wednesday.
With the Russia hoax unraveling on multiple fronts, the Republican lawmaker told Fox Nation’s “Witch Hunt” that Mueller knew from the start that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and that new investigations are warranted, according to Fox.
The Mueller-led special counsel probe started in May of 2017 — after Trump fired then-FBI Director James Comey — and ended in March of 2019 without any evidence of collusion with Russia by the president being established. Since then, new evidence has continued to raise doubts about the probe’s basis.
It was revealed last week that various top Obama officials admitted to Congress that they had never seen evidence of collusion, as Fox News reported — a development that followed evidence that the FBI was aware that the Christopher Steele dossier, which played a critical role in their probe, was part of a Russian disinformation campaign, Fox reported separately.
Beyond the Mueller hoax itself, developments in the Michael Flynn case have revived speculation that the probe grew out of an attempt by then-President Barack Obama to undermine Donald Trump, a scandal that Trump has called “Obamagate.”
For his part, Nunes, who made eight criminal referrals to Attorney General Bill Barr last year, told Fox Nation that Republicans are looking to press for new investigations against the Mueller team over their failed collusion probe.
“We’re looking at doing criminal referrals on the Mueller team, the Mueller dossier team, the Mueller witch hunt, whatever you want to call it. That’s where we are now in our investigation,” he said, according to Fox.
In a criminal case that grew out of the Mueller probe, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about contacts he had with a Russian ambassador during the presidential transition. But he later sought to reverse his plea, as The Washington Post reported, and the Department of Justice (DOJ) sought to drop its case against Flynn last week, arguing that the FBI’s interview of him was not justified, according to The Economist.
Nunes, for his part, said that the top lawyer on the Flynn case needs to be looked into for suppressing exculpatory evidence.
“That attorney had to know those documents existed, had to know they were working with a falsified 302 — that’s a very simple criminal referral,” he told Fox Nation.
Nunes also suggested that there should be an investigation of whether the DOJ and FBI misled the House in its probe of how the Russia hoax started.
This all comes as Trump has furiously demanded accountability over the Flynn developments, which he said point to “the biggest political crime in American history,” The Guardian reported.