Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) has officially referred 42 FBI agents, political activists, and Obama Administration officials for investigation. Nunes, the Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence sent letters to Oversight head Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and the Judiciary’s Rep. Bob Goodlatte(R-VA) asking for an investigation into how these 42 people targeted the Donald Trump campaign.
The Washington Times reports:
“The California Republican is asking his fellow GOP legislators to summon for public testimony all 42 — a cast of FBI, Justice Department and State Department officials and outside anti-Trump people with whom they communicated.
“Last year, amid a probe into Russian election interference, Mr. Nunes veered from the Trump collusion narrative. His new inquiry was sparked by indications that a piece of evidence driving the FBI probe — the Democratic Party-financed dossier — was unverified and at worst a hoax.
“Former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, who was paid by Democrats to write the dossier and who told a Justice official he was “desperate” to destroy the Trump candidacy, is not one of the Nunes 42.”
Here is more info on the 42 people Nunes is targeting:
“A Republican source said Mr. Nunes would like the oversight and judiciary committees to investigate the 42 individuals since those chairmen own jurisdiction over the FBI, Justice and State, and they command larger staffs to accommodate the workload.
“Mr. Nunes first letter contained 17 former and current FBI and Justice officials, some of whom displayed rank bias toward President Trump in text messages to colleagues.
“They include FBI agent Peter Strzok, who kick-started the Trump-Russian probe in July 2016. He told his lover, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page (who is also on the list) that he planned to “stop” Mr. Trump.
“House Judiciary and Oversight investigators have already interviewed Mr. Strzok in private. They subpoenaed him to testify in public in July, but his lawyer says he may ignore it.
“Also on the list is former Justice associate Attorney General Bruce Ohr. He served as a conduit for anti-Trump material from Fusion GPS, the investigative firm that hired dossier writer Steele. His wife, Nellie Ohr, worked for Fusion. It has not been disclosed what exactly Mr. Ohr provided to the FBI or to whom.
“Mr. Ohr told the FBI that Mr. Steele was “desperate” to destroy the Trump candidacy. The ex-spy’s weapon: the dossier’s allegations of collusion between Trump and Russia. None of these charges has been proven publicly to date.
“A second Nunes letter, dated July 2, focuses on 10 State Department officials. Jonathan Winer, an aide to then-Secretary of State John Kerry, brought together Mr. Steele with Hillary Clinton operatives who had supposed dirt on Mr. Trump.
“Victoria Nuland, a former assistant secretary of State, gave the go-ahead for an FBI agent in Italy to travel to Great Britain in July 2016 to hear Mr. Steele’s charges.
“The most recent letter, dated July 5, pertains to 15 outside operatives, such as Glenn Simpson, a co-founder of Fusion GPS who worked with spotty success to get Mr. Steele’s allegation into the news media before election day.
“Hillary Clinton loyalists Sidney Blumenthal and Cody Shearer, whose anti-Trump work found its way to Mr. Steele via Mr. Winer, made the list too.”