It is not all that often that a politician actually delivers on a promise, so when one does, the action needs to be shouted from the rooftops.
On Thursday, Representative Devin Nunes of California delivered, as promised, a letter to Attorney General William Barr regarding referrals of specific counts of criminal activity that were uncovered, thus assuring that the promise will be fulfilled at the AG’s convenience.
The ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee said he and Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe are prepared to brief Barr on alleged misconduct during the FBI’s investigation into Russian meddling and contacts with Trump advisers during the 2016 campaign.
The referrals stem from the investigation conducted by the House Intelligence Committee when Republicans held the House majority.
“As part of that investigation, Committee Republicans identified several potential violations of law,” Nunes, R-Calif., wrote in a brief letter to Barr on Thursday….
The letter did not provide further details on what the referrals will allege but the congressman previously told Fox News the referrals include two for conspiracy, as well as for “global leaks” and for lying, misleading or obstructing congressional investigators.
The plan is for Nunes, Radcliffe and their investigative teams to brief Barr directly on the matters for referral. The timing of the letter and the referrals to come was put in motion once Barr was confirmed as Attorney General.
The step comes as Republicans have pushed for the release of key documents to uncover the origins of the accusations that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government. According to a summary of the now-completed Robert Mueller probe, that investigation did not uncover evidence of collusion. Trump recently told Fox News he would release the entirety of the FISA applications used to surveil one of his top aides, and other related documents.
Nunes earlier told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” that he has been working on the referrals for more than two years, and wanted to wait until Barr’s confirmation.
Why Barr needed to be in office before the referrals happened is a matter for another time, but at this time it does look like at least one Congressman is doing his job.
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