In what GOP Rep. Devin Nunes is calling “phase two” of the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation, Republicans are going to be looking at the Department of State next.
Earlier this week, the committee voted along party lines to release a memo Nunes wrote alleging that the FBI and Justice Department improperly obtained a FISA warrant to conduct surveillance on Carter Page, who was a member of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign team.
Democrats opposed the release, warning that the memo is misleading because it omitted evidence and other details that would weaken their case against the FBI. The FBI made a rare public statement condemning the memo on Wednesday.
“As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy,” the FBI said.
In addition, the Justice Department called the release of the memo “reckless” and warned that it puts national security at risk.
Trump released the memo on Friday.
But now, after weeks of harassing the FBI and Justice Department, Nunes intends to investigate the State Department to ascertain its role in the Russia investigation.
During an interview on Fox News on Friday night, Nunes made the bombshell announcement in response to anchor Brett Baier’s question about if there are more memos to come.
“This completes just the FISA abuse portion of our investigation,” Nunes said. “We are in the middle of what I call phase two of our investigation, which involves other departments, specifically the State Department and some of the involvement that they had in this, that investigation is ongoing and we continue work towards finding answers and asking the right questions to try to get to the bottom of what exactly the State Department was up to in terms of this Russia investigation.”
Here’s the video via YouTube of Nunes remarks about the shift in direction of the investigation.
It is unclear what Nunes believes he will find by investigating the State Department. Hillary Clinton resigned as Secretary of State three years prior to running in the 2016 Election.
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