California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said during a Tuesday interview that he would possibly be issuing criminal referrals “by the end of next week” in an investigation into the alleged political bias of Department of Justice and FBI officials who worked on special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.
After slamming those still looking for a “Russian ghost somewhere” as “like a bunch of chupacabra hunters” in an appearance on Fox News’ “The Story with Martha MacCallum,” Nunes — the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee — claimed that Democrats “colluded with the Russians” by paying for the infamous dossier compiled by ex-British spy Christopher Steele.
The California representative was then asked about his “criminal referral to the DOJ,” where he stated that he would be going after “people who lied to Congress, perjury, criminal conspiracy” and that they would “make as much public as possible.”
He then added that it would happen “hopefully by the end of next week.”
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Nunes continued on to call for “full transparency in this matter” before slamming the Justice Department’s and FBI’s use of “counterintelligence capabilities that are used to target terrorists and other bad guys around the globe against political parties” as “wrong.”
He then said:
“Republicans and Democrats should agree [that] political opposition research from one candidate should not be used to let the nation’s top ‘spy capabilities’ be used against political parties.”
Nunes’ comments come two days after Attorney General William Barr handed off the principal findings of the Mueller Report in a letter to Congress. Mueller’s report found that President Donald Trump nor anyone on his 2016 presidential campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 campaign.
Mueller’s report also did not determine whether or not the president had obstructed justice, however; Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein decided there was not sufficient enough evidence concluding that the president committed a crime.
[Correction: 3/28/19, 3:20 p.m.]: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified Fox News’ Martha MacCallum. We have corrected the error.