By Jon Dougherty
House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes toldÂ Fox News‘ Sean Hannity Thursday night that he is certain “someone” was running an intelligence operation against the 2016 Trump campaign “on foreign soil,” and that one or more U.S. allies were likely involved.
“I think we can be sure about one thing and that is on foreign soil, someone was running operations against Trump campaign people,” he said.
“Now, we don’t know if that was our government, if it was the British government or some type of firm of some kind, but I think it is definitely a fact that on British soil, maybe on Italian soil, there were activities going on that we need to get to the bottom of.”
Nunes sent a letter to POTUS Trump this week urging him to press British government officials about the role their intelligence agencies may have taken in assisting the Obama regime with spying on his campaign.
Hannity noted that the infamous dossier written by former MI6 agent Christopher Steele had long been deemed untrustworthy by officials within the Obama Justice Department including Bruce Ohr, then the No. 4 at DoJ, as early as August 2016, but then-FBI Director James Comey nevertheless relied on the dossier for a FISA court surveillance warrant against Trump campaign figure Carter Page.
Nunes said he has met with plenty of British intelligence officials over the years as part of his work on the House Intelligence Committee, and he’s confident that they would have looked at Steele’s dossier with suspicion.
“They’re not idiots,” Nunes said of British intelligence officials. “There is no possible way that British intelligence folks read the Christopher Steele dossier and didn’t just laugh.”
The California Republican noted further that he believes former special counsel Robert Mueller and his team of Democrat-donor prosecutors were given a heads-up by British intelligence about the unreliable, politicized nature of the dossier, “but we can’t get that information” from U.S. intelligence and FBI sources.
“I think the Brits probably did raise doubts about Steele’s credibility through the new [Trump] administration, but of course, we can’t get those documents,” he said.
On Thursday we cited a report fromÂ The Hill‘s John Solomon noting that the then-head of British intelligence contacted the incoming Trump administration with a warning about the dossier and its contents:
A week before President-elect Donald J. Trump was inaugurated in January 2017, British intelligence officials contacted his incoming national security team, then led by National Security Adviser-select Michael Flynn, that they had â€˜little confidenceâ€™ in the veracity of the infamous â€œdossierâ€ written by former MI6 spy Christopher Steele.
Not only that, according to investigative journalist John Solomon writing atÂ The Hill, but multiple witnesses have informed Congress of the same thing, including the fact that â€œBritainâ€™s top national security official sent a private communique to the incoming administration, addressing his countryâ€™s participation in the counterintelligence probe into the now-debunked Trump-Russia election collusion.â€
Solomon noted further that the memo outlining the UKâ€™s involvement in â€œSpygateâ€ and informing Team Trump that Steeleâ€™s politicized dossier â€” financed by Fusion GPS with money paid by the Hillary Clinton campaign â€” was written by then-British national security adviserÂ Sir Mark Lyall GrantÂ and hand-delivered to the incoming administration.
â€œA whistleblower recently revealed the existence of a communique from our allies in Great Britain during the early days of the Russia collusion investigation,â€ Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), a member of the House Oversight Committee, told Solomon.
â€œBased on my conversations with that individual, and the credible timelines that are supported by other events, I made a referral to Attorney General William Barr and Inspector General Michael Horowitz for further investigation,â€ he added.
â€œThere now is overwhelming evidence to suggest that on multiple occasions the FBI was warned that Christopher Steele and the dossier had severe credibility issues.â€
Nunes noted further that U.S. Attorney John Durham, of Connecticut — whom Attorney General William Barr assigned to look into the corruption surrounding Spygate — is continuingÂ his investigation into this mess.
He also said that there is one simple way to ensure at least some co-conspirators are held accountable for what they’ve done.
“The easiest way to clean this up, and the quickest way, would be for the FISA court itself…to come out and take action against all of these top-level people at the Department of Justice and the FBI who fraudulently produced information to the court” to get the surveillance warrants.
Otherwise, Nunes said, no other actions “will be believable.”
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