Republicans have expanded their investigation into the origins of the Trump–Russia probe and will make “criminal referrals” against special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, according to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the Republican ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee.
Nunes told Fox News on May 24 that Republicans will make the criminal referrals “in coming weeks,” against unspecified individuals associated with the investigation into allegations of a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia to swing the 2016 election.
“We’ve also expanded our investigation into the Mueller team and everything that happened with Mueller and the people at DOJ and FBI that were above Mueller,” Nunes told legal analyst Gregg Jarrett.
He said he expects there to be more action taken as information comes out about the circumstances surrounding the launch of the Trump–Russia probe.
“And so, we will be making criminal referrals in the coming weeks against the Mueller team. We’re just now putting that together and, of course, as always, waiting on more documents that we really need to come out,” he said.
Mueller and his team probed the “Russian collusion” allegations but found insufficient evidence to recommend prosecution.
On the program, Nunes told Jarrett his perspective regarding the investigation into the Trump campaign, which he called by its operational name, Crossfire Hurricane.
“This started as a dirty campaign operation run by the Clinton campaign,” Nunes said. “At some point they got dirty operatives involved, including the dirty cops.
“Now, remember, in the middle of 2016, the dirty cops that are involved, it’s almost impossible to believe it didn’t reach the highest levels of the Department of Justice, when they opened so-called Crossfire Hurricane.”
Nunes, in a tweet on May 24, announced his appearance on Fox, reposting a tweet Trump wrote that called the charges brought against his first national security adviser, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, “part of the greatest Criminal Hoax in American History!”
The president has referred to the alleged agency and investigational bias against him during Crossfire Hurricane as a “witch hunt” and a “Russia hoax.”
Trump recently posted on Twitter about “Obamagate,” alluding to possible top administration involvement in what he believes was a coordinated campaign targeting him.
Nunes’s comments to Jarrett suggest that the landscape of the investigation into the origins of Crossfire Hurricane may have shifted, with more revelations—and, potentially, charges—to be expected.