Ranking Member Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., questions Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire as he testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
As RedState reported this morning, there have been some new revelations involving the nexus of the Trump-Russia investigation. That was further discussed today at CPAC, where Dan Bongino interviewed Devin Nunes in the main hall.
Nunes started by laying out that the 302s show that George Papadopoulos not only wasn’t trying to collude with Russia, but that he was actively offering to help the FBI. This was allegedly lied about in the sentencing recommendation made by Mueller’s team and Nunes says that an additional criminal referral is likely coming related to that.
What Bongino and Nunes further laid out was a fairly clear picture of the narrative the FBI (and by virtue, the Obama administration) were trying to weave. Think about this. Why would anything George Papadopoulos did be a legitimate catalyst to open an investigation into the far reaches of the Trump administration? Even if (and we know he didn’t) Papadopoulos was trying to “collude” with Russia, there was no evidence of any actual connection to Donald Trump or his campaign. Yet, the FBI continued to expand it’s probe despite coming up empty again and again.
Where were these “connections” coming from? The Steele Dossier, according to Devin Nunes, was the source material. Almost every string the FBI decided to pull on can be found in the Steele Dossier and nowhere else. And despite attempts to downplay its role, the dossier clearly played the primary role in the Trump-Russia investigation.
Bongino would also ask Nunes about the UK-Obama backchannel that was used to share information regarding figures like Michael Flynn and why Joseph Mifsud was never pursued. Nunes believes that the “rumor channel” existed in order to traffic in information that never would have passed muster via actual FBI regulations. In regards to Mifsud, Nunes made the obvious point that it’s extremely suspicious that the FBI had no interest in finding him. Here is a guy who’s supposedly at the genesis and who Papadopoulos is offering to help find, and the FBI suddenly doesn’t care. In fact, Mifsud would be allowed to leave the country after that.
That all points to Mifsud not actually being a “Russian agent” and supports the idea that he was working directly or indirectly for the investigation.
Bongino and Nunes would finish by talking about the mistreatment of Michael Flynn, speculating that he was targeted specifically because he was threatening to shrink the NSC and reform intel procedures.
We’ll keep you updated as more presentations happen here at CPAC.