House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said on Sunday the news regarding an FBI informant’s alleged interactions with the Trump campaign was the “mother of all leaks.”
The congressman said the committee cannot confirm whether there was an informant – or multiple – due to lack of information and documents related to the matter, noting that they’ve not asked for the name of “any informants or sources whatsoever.”
Nunes told Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures that if this is true, “It’s over!”
If any of that is true, if they ran a spy ring or an informant ring and they were paying people within the Trump campaign, if any of that is true that is an absolute red line. There’s not and honest person in this country who could believe that taxpayer dollars going to fund this ring and operate like this what is said in The New York Times that has quite a bit of detail on it, if any of that is true it’s a red line in this country. You can’t do this to political campaigns. According to them this was done in the spring before the counter-intelligence was even open. If that’s true, we need to know about it… If they paid someone it’s an absolute red line and this is over with!”
Fox News reports,
Nunes had subpoenaed the Department of Justice (DOJ) earlier this month, asking the agency to turn over documents related to the source. The agency declined to turn over information, saying the results could put the informant – and their sources – in harm’s way.
President Trump on Saturday called for the “release or review” of the documents that the committee has been requesting.
“If the FBI or DOJ was infiltrating a campaign for the benefit of another campaign, that is a really big deal. Only the release or review of documents that the House Intelligence Committee (also, Senate Judiciary) is asking for can give the conclusive answers. Drain the Swamp!” Trump said in a tweet.
Both Nunes and Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who also sits on the Intelligence Committee, were invited by the Justice Department to meet on Friday morning, though neither attended.
“We said, look, unless we’re gonna get documents – we found out Thursday night they’re not going to provide documents – so therefore we’re not going to go. Now, if you look what happened on Friday night – probably the mother of all leaks of all time to two major newspapers that came out late Friday night. Had Mr. Gowdy and I went to that meeting, you can bet they would have tried to pin that on us.”
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