Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) plans to refer several people involved in the surveillance operation against the Trump campaign for criminal investigation, the representative’s spokesman confirmed to The Epoch Times.
Nunes will make the referrals in a single letter to the Department of Justice, which will be sent within one or two weeks. In February, Nunes said he planned to send the referrals once Attorney General William Barr was confirmed by the Senate.
Nunes, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, announced his intention in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News on March 27, days after Barr released the final findings of the special counsel investigation led by Robert Mueller.
Mueller’s conclusion was the same as the one the House Intelligence Committee reached more than a year ago, when the panel was led by Nunes. The committee and the special counsel concluded there is no evidence of conspiracy or coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.
“We knew this was a joke from the beginning, and I’ve said as much for a long time. Basically, from the time our report came out, which has been a year,” Nunes told Breitbart. “But now, the real work begins. It’s good to not have that sitting out there. But we have to now go on offense and track down all these dirty cops and bad players.”
While finding no evidence of collusion, the House Intelligence Committee uncovered a battery of potential surveillance abuses targeting the Trump campaign. Among them, the committee found that the FBI obtained a surveillance warrant on a former Trump campaign associate using an unverified dossier of opposition research funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
“As of now, it’ll be one criminal referral, but with multiple referrals on a number of different crimes,” Nunes told Breitbart. “We will have some leakers in there, for sure.”
On March 28, all Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee called on the panel’s current chairman, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), to resign from the leadership role. In the letter, the lawmakers appear to suggest that Schiff leaked information to the media in order to sustain the Russia-collusion narrative.
President Donald Trump called on Schiff to resign from Congress, saying he “spent two years knowingly and unlawfully lying and leaking.”
According to Nunes, the committee has enough evidence to establish that the FBI began investigating the Trump campaign long before late July 2016. He said the strings of the operation reach all the way to the Obama White House, although he added that it’s unclear what level of involvement the former president had.
“Look, there’s big problems—big problems that the public needs to know about. Maximum transparency is the best thing here,” he said.
Nunes said he believes Barr will act on the referrals. He told Fox News on March 26 that the crimes include lying to Congress and conspiracy.
“There’ll be things in there that cannot be ignored. There will be crimes,” Nunes said. “So they have to be dealt with.”
While several officials involved in the targeting of the Trump campaign have previously been referred for criminal investigation, none have yet been charged with a crime.