Politically Incorrect: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes accused his Democratic counterparts of engaging in a massive cover-up of improper spying on President Donald J. Trump’s campaign by the Obama administration.
In an interview withÂ The Daily Signal just moments after panel Democrats released their own version of a “FISA memo,” the California Republican said he was happy to see it in public because it proves what the committee’s investigation has shown all along: Obama-era corruption within the Justice Department and FBI among senior leaders.
Nunes also said the Democratic memo proves collusion with elements of the FBI and DoJ to perpetuate the unsubstantiated allegations that Trump and Russia worked together to ‘steal’ the election from Hillary Clinton.
â€œWe really wanted it out because itâ€™s clear evidence that the Democrats are trying to actually not only collude, but theyâ€™re colluding with a cover-up. And theyâ€™re trying to cover up the fact that the Democrats and the Hillary campaign paid for dirt and it was used by the FBI,â€ Nunes told the website after speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
â€œItâ€™s amazing theyâ€™re actually willing to write a memo that actually says thatâ€”as if itâ€™s OK for that to happen. Because itâ€™s simply not OK,â€ he added.
Republicans released a memo earlier this month documenting serial abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court by FBI and DoJ operatives who used an unsubstantiated “Russia dossier” to obtain a surveillance warrant for former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
“The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is how we go and track terrorists down, which Iâ€™m in favor of and I want to do,” Nunes said. “Itâ€™s critically important.
“But when they opened counterintelligence investigation into a presidential campaignâ€”so youâ€™re talking about the highest levels of our governmentâ€”it should scare the hell out of a lot of people,” he added.
In remarks to CPAC attendees, Nunes explained why it took so long for Democrats to put out their memo.
â€œThe FBI and [Department of Justice] right away had told the Democrats what was wrong with their response to our memo. And they waited for two weeks before they actually did the redactions that were necessary to get this out,â€ Nunes said at CPAC.
â€œWe think it is clear evidence that the Democrats are not only trying to cover this up, but they are also colluding with parts of the government to help cover this up,â€ he added.
â€œThe point of our memo was for one purpose only,â€ Nunes said, â€œand that was to show that FISA abuse had occurred. To have a secret court that gets abused like this is totally unacceptable.â€
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