The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee said on Sunday that he is planning on sending eight criminal referrals to Attorney General William Barr, with five of them being “straight-up” referrals and three falling under the “conspiracy statute.”
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) — who served as the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence last Congress — announced on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” that he would be sending eight criminal referrals to Barr in light of the fallout from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe that ended last month.
Nunes stated in the interview that the referrals could not have been sent “without an attorney general in place” and that he was “prepared to send those referrals over and brief” Barr if he desired.
He continued on to say:
“We think they’re pretty clear, but as of right now this is, this may not be all of them, but this cleans up quite a bit. We have eight referrals that we are prepared to send over to the attorney general this week.”
Watch the clip here:
.@DevinNunes says now that Bill Barr is in place as AG, he can send criminal referrals to the DOJ regarding corruption at the FBI.
"We've been working on this for two and a half years. We're prepared to this week to send those referrals over … we think they're pretty clear." pic.twitter.com/4mh1yq0A17
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 8, 2019
Nunes also said in the interview that five of the referrals were what he calls “straight-up” referrals that name names and “specific crimes,” which were “lying to Congress, misleading Congress, [and] leaking classified information.”
He continued on to say that three of the referrals fall under the “conspiracy statute” regarding “manipulating intelligence” and lying to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court.
“So the question on conspiracy is: there’s the conspiracy statute and then what do they need to look at under that statute,” added Nunes.
The California Republican did not say who the referrals would be targeting.
Watch the full clip here:
Rep. @DevinNunes says 8 criminal referrals this week including:
• Conspiracy FISA Abuse (numerous individuals)
• Conspiracy manipulation of intelligence (numerous individuals)
— MAGAPILL ★★★ (@MAGAPILL) April 7, 2019
Last month, Nunes forecasted that referrals would be sent out for an investigation alleging political bias from Department of Justice and FBI officials working on Mueller’s investigation into alleged collusion between President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Russian government, as IJR Red previously reported.