Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) spoke to Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo this morning and said he is preparing to send eight criminal referrals to the DOJ this week.
Nunes, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said the referrals concern “alleged misconduct from “Watergate wannabes” during the Trump-Russia investigation, including the leaks of “highly classified material” and conspiracies to lie to Congress and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court.”
Although Nunes did not reveal any names, here are some of the possibilities: James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Bruce Ohr, Christopher Steele, possibly Rod Rosenstein, James Baker, James Clapper, or John Brennan.
Nunes told Bartiromo:
First of all, all of these are classified or sensitive. … Five of them are what I would call straight up referrals — so just referrals that name someone and name the specific crimes, those crimes are lying to Congress, misleading Congress, leaking classified information. So five of them are those types.
There are three [referrals] that I think are more complicated. … So the first one, is FISA abuse and other matters. We believe there was a conspiracy to lie to the FISA court, mislead the FISA court by numerous individuals that all need to be investigated and looked at, and we believe the [relevant] statute is the conspiracy statute. The second conspiracy one is involving manipulation of intelligence that also could ensnare many Americans.
We’ve had a lot of concerns with the way intelligence was used [during the Trump-Russia probe].
Nunes explained that nine days before the first application to the FISA Court for a warrant to spy on Trump’s foreign policy advisor Carter Page, FBI officials “were battling with a senior Justice Department official who had “continued concerns” about the “possible bias” of a source pivotal to the application.” Hmmm. Someone inside the DOJ had a conscience?
The third is what I would call a global leak referral. So 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. So you know, we don’t know if there’s actually been any leak investigations that have been opened, but we do believe that we’ve got pretty good information and a pretty good idea of who could be behind these leaks.
Nunes specifically named a series of known “horrific” leaks, including the leak of conversations between Trump and the leaders of Australia and Mexico, and the transcripts of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s calls.
He added that one referral could cover more than one individual.
Fox News’ Greg Re believes it’s possible that the current Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff (D-CA) could be named in one of the referrals for leaking the private testimony of Donald Trump Jr. He appeared before the Committee in 2017 to answer questions about the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians who had promised dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Trump Jr. told Fox News “there’s a 99.9 percent chance Schiff is the guy” who leaked. “I came out of testimony 8 at night and CNN is running quotes from noon on about my testimony, you know, in the House Intelligence Committee. I mean, that has to say something about what is going on and who they are. Since [Schiff has] never met a camera he didn’t love, I would bet a lot of money that it was him.”
When Schiff was asked about this, he denied it. Schiff said, “That’s not a leak, it is exposure of his non-cooperation and his stonewalling of our committee.”
At any rate, we are now on the other side of the Trump/Russia collusion investigation.
As Victor Davis Hanson wrote last week, “the hunters have become the hunted.”
And that is a beautiful thing.