Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA), the lone member of the Gang of Eight with the integrity (and cojones) to admit there was a plot by Obama loyalists within the intelligence community to discredit Lt. General Michael Flynn as the cornerstone for bringing down the entire Trump administration, joined Fox News’ Gregg Jarrett last night.
Rep. Nunes used his appearance to alert viewers that they should expect criminal referrals to be forthcoming against former government officials besides former CIA Director John Brennan, for DNI James Clapper, and former FBI Director James Comey who largely led the original Spygate-Russia hoax.
Nunes has focused his discussion on those officials who came in later and continued the sham investigation despite having ample indications that no crimes had been committed. On January 4, 2016, SSA 1 wanted to close the case against Gen. Flynn because he was convinced the general was innocent.
That’s when the “seventh floor” (senior leadership) at the FBI got involved and took the case over.
While discussing the fraudulent effort against President Trump, Nunes identified Rosenstein as part of the coup attempt and blasted him for how Rosenstein structured the fraudulent scope memos.
Nunes says his investigation has turned up evidence that Robert Mueller’s investigation was little more than an extension of the prior effort (Steele dossier) to remove President Trump. Nunes is now making additional criminal referrals based on his findings.
All of this is happening now because acting DNI Ric Grenell declassified and released documents proving Flynn was a victim of a conspiracy. Those documents were previously classified under the false pretense that their release would threaten national security.
With Nunes’ threat of criminal referrals in mind, Rosenstein, Mueller, and the likes of Andrew Weissmann cannot find comfort in these words from the U.S. Attorney General, William Barr:
[Transcript] …”Now what happened to the president – and I’ve said this many times – what happened to the president in the 2016 election; and throughout the first two years of his administration was abhorrent. It was a grave injustice and it was unprecedented in American history.”
“The law enforcement and intelligence apparatus of this country were involved in advancing a false and utterly baseless Russian-collusion narrative against the president.”
The proper investigative and prosecutorial standards of the Dept of Justice were abused, in my view, in order to reach a particular result.”
Because of the findings of Nunes’ investigation, AG Barr charged that the DOJ/FBI conduct during the first two years of the administration “was abhorrent” and would seem to suggest that he is now ready to charge both Robert Mueller and Rod Rosenstein for their complicity in the “grave injustice” he outlined?
Both are reported to be good friends of Barr, making their prosecution more difficult for the attorney general.
It appears that Barr’s hand is now being forced by Grenell’s declassifications because Barr, had himself been granted declassification authority by President Trump more than a year ago and done little with it.
Barr also disappointed us when he recently told us “I don’t expect Mr. Durham’s investigation will lead to a criminal investigation of either Obama or Biden.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2020
Barr may simply be trying to maintain an arm’s length distance from his investigative team at the DOJ in order to avoid charges of improperly defending the president who appointed him, and he may be waiting for others to announce the involvement of Obama and Biden as their investigations reach a conclusion.
Text messages between lead agent Peter Strzok and attorney Lisa Page pretty much make it clear that members of the Obama administration were running this under the president’s direction at least as early as August 2016…
That was confirmed by Susan Rice’s cya memo written on January 20, 2016 recapping a meeting that took place the day after SSA 1 recommended the dismissal of the case against Michael Flynn, January 5th:
Question: How can Obama be “stressing his continued commitment” if this was the first he was learning about the Flynn investigation?
They got caught. Some very nervous criminals out there. Thank you Ted! https://t.co/iDgxTokCwJ
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 20, 2020