Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) vowed to file “criminal referrals” for former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s legal team in the coming weeks after newly released transcripts and documents raise new questions over the controversial probe.
Fox News reports Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, vowed to pursue multiple new criminal referrals amid the ongoing fallout of bombshell revelations in the Justice Department’s handling of the Russia probe.
Referring to former special counsel Robert Mueller, Nunes said: “We’re looking at doing criminal referrals on the Mueller team, the Mueller dossier team, the Mueller witch hunt, whatever you want to call it. That’s where we are now in our investigation.” Nunes made his remarks in a special new episode of Fox Nation’s “Witch Hunt,” hosted by Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett.
Last year, Nunes sent eight criminal referrals to U.S. Attorney General William Barr alleging several “potential violations” of the law in the course the FBI’s investigation into Russian meddling and contacts with Trump advisers during the 2016 campaign.
Now in the wake of the Justice Department’s decision to drop charges against former Trump National Security Adviser General Michael Flynn, Nunes is turning his attention to the conduct of the special counsel, who was appointed after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.
“We’re doing a large criminal referral on the Mueller dossier team that put together a fraudulent report — that knew there was no collusion the day that Mueller walked in the door,” said Nunes. “They set an obstruction of justice trap. There’s no doubt in my mind that we will make a conspiracy referral there.”
In April of 2019, Barr released a redacted version of Mueller’s final report showing that the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government, though Mueller declined to conclude whether or not the president committed obstruction of justice.
Nunes added that he is also interested in determining whether or not members of the senior leadership of the DOJ and FBI were involved in the Mueller team’s conduct.
In regard to the troubled DOJ prosecution of Flynn, Nunes said that the lead lawyer on that case must be investigated.
“That attorney had to know those documents existed, had to know they were working with a falsified 302 — that’s a very simple criminal referral,” said Nunes, in reference to the DOJ’s apparent suppression of exculpatory evidence in the Flynn case.
Finally, Nunes said that he will ask Barr’s DOJ to investigate potential obstruction of the congressional investigation into the origins of the Russia probe.
“We’ll also be making an obstruction of justice criminal referral because we know that the House of Representatives… had multiple requests, multiple subpoenas that were out there that effectively were never answered, even though they claim they answered them. Well, now what we learned is that they lied and misled Congress by omission.