It’s no longer a question of whether or not the FBI under Barack Obama spied on the Trump campaign, according to a member of Congress who has been investigating the issue for years.
The question is how many spies were deployed, said the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. in an interview on Fox Business Network’s “Sunday Morning Futures” with Maria Bartiromo.
Nunes said he’s “not worried about whether or not they were spying on the Trump campaign — that is fact.”
“What I want to know is, how many spies, with an S, were involved in this? I mean, it’s — and this is why we have to get to the bottom of this, why all this information needs to come out.”
Nunes noted that former Maltese academic Joseph Mifsud, who is suspected of having deep ties to Russian intelligence, told then-Trump campaign aide George Papdopoulos that the Russians had thousands of Hillary Clinton’s emails.
“How is it then the FBI — or supposedly the FBI or other assets know to continually ask Papadopoulos about emails, about Clinton emails in 2016?” Nunes asked.
Bartiromo pointed out that nobody knew about the emails except Mifsud and Papadopoulos.
“So, how did the FBI know if Mifsud wasn’t an asset of the FBI?” she asked.
The congressman is seeking relevant documents from the State Department about Mifsud.
“I never knew that you could use counterintelligence capabilities … these are the capabilities that we have in our government to go after and target terrorists,” Nunes said. “I never knew that you could actually go out and use those capabilities to spy on Americans.”
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, also commented: “Well, I think the fundamental question is, was Joseph Mifsud working for Western intelligence? And if he was, that changes it all.”