For over two years, the mainstream media and the Democrats were breathless over the possibility that President Donald Trump might have “colluded” with officials in Russia to get himself elected. Now that the special prosecutor looking into the matter has concluded that nothing of the sort happened, Republican lawmakers are prepared to do their part to hold those involved in the hoax accountable for their actions.
Congressman Devin Nunes, one of the gang of eight who has a high security clearance, has been leading the charge in getting to the bottom of who actually perpetrated this hoax, wasting years and millions of taxpayer dollars. He appeared on Maria Bartiromo’s Fox News program to talk about what is in the hopper for those who need to be singled out.
To be clear, the Justice Department is under no obligation to honor criminal referrals with investigations and/or prosecutions, but in taking these steps, at least Republican lawmakers are demonstrating that they are willing to do some of the heavy lifting.
Nunes will be submitting eight criminal referrals to the Dept. of Justice next week. Five of those referrals are for specific people who participated in the political scheme against candidate, president-elect and President Trump. The remaining three referrals are not person specific, but rather outlines of “conspiracy”
- One referral is the conspiracy to intentionally falsifying material to the FISA Court in order to gain a Title-One FISA warrant against U.S. person Carter Page; and by extension the political campaign of Donald Trump.
- A second conspiracy referral targets the intentional manipulation of intelligence information; and a conspiracy to weaponize the intelligence apparatus against a political party and presidential candidate, Donald Trump.
- The third conspiracy referral is less specific and pertains to evidence collected that shows a small group of government officials engaged in “global classified intelligence leaks” to the U.S. media and other entities and/or persons.
Nunes declined to identify the Obama officials who will be subject to the referrals. He said that five of the referrals name specific government officials he believes have lied to Congress, misled Congress or leaked classified information.
“We believe there is a conspiracy to lie to the FISA court, mislead the FISA court, by numerous individuals.”
“The second conspiracy one is involving manipulation of intelligence,” said Nunes, adding that “we’ve had a lot of concerns with the way intelligence was used.”
Nunes is also making what he calls a “global leak referral.”
“There are about a dozen highly sensitive, classified information leaks that were given to only a few reporters over the last two and a half plus years,” he said. “We do believe that we’ve got pretty good information and a pretty good idea of who could be behind these leaks,” Nunes continued.
Stay tuned. Things are about to get interesting.