WATCH: Nunes says the “FBI was lying to Congress” and “somebody needs to pay a price for it”

Appearing on “Sunday Morning Futures” with Maria Bartiromo, ranking member of the House Intel committee Devin Nunes discussed newly releaased text messages from Peter Strzok that appear to indicate the actions of George Papadopoulos were not involved in the decision of the FBI to open an investigation.

Nunes said “look, I think, overall here, these are kind of the text messages that we have all been waiting for, that we knew probably existed, that give the hard evidence that our investigation really needed several years ago.”

“So, I have made the statement on your show and many others publicly over the last few years that we know the FBI was lying to Congress,” Nunes continued “because we knew that they did not open this investigation because of Papadopoulos, and then they opened it on July 31. That was always nonsense. There was plenty of evidence of that and, here, we have a text message that was clearly relevant to our investigation that they hid from us.”

He added “and look, I would also say it’s now clear that Papadopoulos was so mistreated, it’s just so unbelievable. I mean, they’re actually — this — the FBI and DOJ in this country ought to be ashamed of themselves, mocking a target that they knew was a phony target. They’re making fun of Papadopoulos. This is really, really bad, and somebody needs to pay a price for it.”