The ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and California Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) announced on Sunday that he would “likely” be sending a criminal referral to the Department of Justice over the meeting between former U.K. intelligence officer Christopher Steele and the State Department.
While giving an interview on “Fox and Friends,” Nunes — who served as the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee last Congress — said that they had not received information regarding the meeting between the author of the infamous, now-discredited dossier used to secure a FISA warrant to launch a probe into President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
He also said that there “could be another referral” sent to the Department of Justice on “obstructing a congressional investigation.”
“It’s likely now, as we do our investigation as to why we didn’t get this information that we’ve just [been] discussing from the State Department two years ago when we should have received it, there could be another referral coming on obstructing a congressional investigation.”
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“So those are sitting,” continued Nunes. “The attorney general has our concerns. We assume that will be given to the new U.S. attorney that has been assigned to get to the bottom of this.”
The California Republican went on to say that Congress “will keep peeling things back” as new information is brought to light and that lawmakers will make referrals to the Justice Department based on the evidence.
“This is how it’s supposed to work in this country,” added Nunes. “We have the rule of law, we have people who clearly broke the law, and they need to be held accountable.”
Recently released notes from a meeting between Steele and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec in October 2016 showed that the former British spy knew he was compiling his infamous dossier for the DNC and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s campaign as well as brought to light a November 8 deadline for the findings to be made public.
Last month, Nunes announced that he would be sending eight criminal referrals to Attorney General William Barr in the fallout of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report into Russian election interference. He said that five of the referrals would be “straight-up” and dealing with “conspiracy” statutes, as IJR Red previously reported.