WASHINGTON – Some Democrats are demanding the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, R-Calif., be put in prison for investigating how federal law enforcement conspired to stop Donald Trump from becoming president.
The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence expanded its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election to include the so-called Steele dossier, a memo produced by a former British intelligence agent that was funded by Trump opponents and contains many fraudulent allegations.
Republicans insist the report reveals malfeasance by the Clinton campaign, and they say it should be the primary focus on any investigation into the 2016 election.
In a Dec. 28 letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Nunes blasted the Department of Justice for ignoring the committee’s August request to turn over dossier-related FBI interview summaries, known as 302s, claiming the documents “did not exist.”
Nunes revealed the DOJ suddenly backtracked and located the summaries pertaining to the dossier after being subpoenaed, essentially accusing Justice and the bureau of a cover-up.
“Shortly before my meeting with you in early December, DOJ subsequently located and produced numerous FD-302s pertaining to the Steele dossier, thereby rendering the initial response disingenuous at best,” Nunes wrote.
“Given the content and impact of these supposedly newly-discovered FD-302s, the committee is no longer able to accept your purported basis for DOJ’s blanket refusal to provide responsive FBI Form FD-1023s – documenting meetings between FBI officials and FBI confidential human sources-or anything less than full and complete compliance with its subpoenas,” Nunes added.
Nunes is asking Rosenstein to produce summaries of all interviews conducted with witnesses and confidential human sources as part of the investigation into the dossier by Wednesday.
Some on the left are seething over the prospect of the Russia probe backfiring and demanding Nunes be put behind bars.
“I have no doubt in my mind that before all is said and done Devin Nunes will be headed to prison. You can save this tweet and rub it in my face if I’m wrong. I won’t be!!!” claimed Brian Krassenstein.
I have no doubt in my mind that before all is said and done Devin Nunes will be headed to prison.
You can save this tweet and rub it in my face if I’m wrong.
I won’t be!!!
— Brian Krassenstein🐬 (@krassenstein) December 28, 2017
Laurence Tribe, Harvard Law professor and renowned legal expert, agreed with Krassenstein, predicting “Nunes is headed to federal prison.”
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) December 28, 2017
Tis devoutly to be wished! @RepDevinNunes is so disturbed he needs to be locked up for his safety & ours!
— Karen E. Nikula (@RetdTchr) December 29, 2017
Devin Nunes is going to lose his seat next year. Who wants to help?
— Andrew Janz (@JanzforCongress) December 31, 2017
— james michael (@jasmike215) January 2, 2018
— Lawson Rudasill (@LWR1977) December 29, 2017
Democratic strategist and MSNBC contributor Scott Dworkin contends Nunes should “spend the rest of his life in prison.” And he believes House Speaker Paul Ryan should be investigated for allowing Nunes to remain chair of the House Intelligence Committee.
Rep Devin Nunes is a suspect in the Russia scandal, that’s why he recused himself in the first place. All he’s done is obstruct justice, interfere with Mueller’s probe, leak info to Trump & lie. He’s broken multiple laws & I hope the traitor spends the rest of his life in prison.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) December 31, 2017
It’s now clear @SpeakerRyan is helping GOP Rep Devin Nunes interfere in the Russia probes. Ryan kept Nunes on Intel Cmte even though he violated his recusal. Now Ryan’s letting Nunes attack FBI, DoJ & Mueller’s probe using Congressional powers. Paul Ryan should be investigated.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) January 2, 2018