Devin Nunes argued for the public release of a ‘fourth bucket’ of information showing FBI misconduct under Obama.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes revealed the existence of a “fourth bucket” of information related to potential misconduct by the FBI that he is urging be released to the public before democrats take control of the House and effectively bury these investigations.
Nunes said his panel’s investigation into the Justice Department and FBI is largely complete and releasing these “buckets” would help provide “finality.”
Speaking with Maria Bartiromo on Fox News, Nunes explained the first of three “buckets” were the Russia-related documents.
President Trump changed his mind on their release after yielding to the persuasions of career appointees.
The last batch of documents, Nunes said, involve emails exposing withheld information from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court.
“The new fourth bucket that we’re asking to be declassified now is — for months we have been reviewing emails between FBI, and DOJ, and others that clearly show that they knew about information that should have been presented to the FISA court,” he said.
Nunes explained House Speaker Paul Ryan has been pressuring the Justice Department to deliver emails and make as many public as possible, and complained that the DOJ has redacted some information, even in classified settings.
“We continue to work with the DOJ on ensuring Congressional oversight requests are fulfilled,” Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong responded.
“The other three “buckets” of documents he and GOP allies have pushed Trump to declassify remain under wraps.”
Rather than declassify the one batch, President Trump explained the act could be perceived as tampering with the Russia investigation, and added that key allies has also made the request.
The Washington Examiner reported, “Among these documents are a handful of pages of the June 2017 application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to continue surveillance of Trump campaign aide Carter Page, which originally began in 2016, and FBI reports of interviews prepared in connection with all surveillance applications of Page.
“The Republican majority of the House Intelligence Committee released an unclassified memo in February alleging the DOJ and FBI sought the authority to spy on Page using the infamous Trump dossier, which contains compromising, yet unverified claims about Trump’s ties to Russia.
“The memo alleged that agents failed to disclose to a federal judge that the research of the dossier was done by ex-British spy Christopher Steele.”
Nunes has also referred dozens of names to his counterparts in the Judiciary and Oversight Committees to use their task force to expand the inquiry, but lamented that democrats will likely allow these queries to die.
Many people know why… it would show liberals in government for what they really are: lying, cheating, scheming traitors.