House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., says his panel’s largely ignored April report provides more information about the 12 Russians indicted for election interference than Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment.
Nunes was referring to the intelligence committee’s report concluding there was no Trump-Russia collusion in the 2016 election while finding Moscow was trying to sow chaos within both the Republican and Democratic parties.
“This entire report that you have in front of you, all you had to do was get to page 4, and you only had to read chapter 2 and you would have had nearly everything that’s in the indictment,” Nunes said in an interview Sunday with the Fox News Channel’s Maria Bartiromo.
“There’s more in this report than what’s in the indictment. And this is what’s very frustrating,” he said.
Nunes explained that the Justice Department redacted most of the relevant section, and if Trump would have declassified it, “the Mueller indictment would look ridiculous.”
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced Friday that a grand jury returned Mueller’s indictment of 12 Russian officials who were part of a scheme to break into computers owned by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Democratic National Committee, and Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
All the special counsel did, Nunes said, “was validate our report, indict some Russians, and leave out some very pertinent, relative evidence that the American public should see.”
Nunes said it’s “great that they indicted Russians,” noting they’re “constantly attacking the United States and our allies.”
However, the indictment leaves out the fact that the Russians also targeted Republicans, he said, making it “look ridiculous.”
“The indictment plays like they are only going after the Democrats, when Bob Mueller and all his investigators and his lawyers know for a fact that they also targeted Republicans,” he said. “Why is that not in the indictment? It makes the indictment look ridiculous.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin, after his meeting Monday with President Trump, invited Mueller to send investigators to Moscow to be present for Russian government questioning of the 12 indicted Russian officers, if the U.S. would “reciprocate.” That would mean, Putin said, the U.S. allowing Russian agents to be present for questioning U.S. officers “of interest” to them.
In the second chapter of the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia report, the congressional investigators said they found “Russian-state actors and third-party intermediaries” used the Russian news outlet RT and social media to disrupt the U.S. election