The ongoing probe into the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation of former President Donald Trump and related matters will lead to people going to jail, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) asserted this week.
“I’m still positive, and I guess I have to be, that people are going to go to jail, and they are going to be prosecuted for the Russia grand fiasco and the Russia hoax,” Nunes said on the Sara Carter Show podcast.
“Maybe I’m a little Pollyanna, but I just have to have faith ultimately that there was a special counsel created, Durham does have the power, we are fully expecting him—it may not be as broad as we want it to be,” Nunes added later. “But look, there are some major perpetrators. I think, as you and everybody else know, we’ve made over 14 criminal referrals—that doesn’t mean 14 individuals, that means 14 different criminal referrals involving multiple individuals.”
John Durham, a former U.S. attorney, was made special counsel last year to pursue the probe, though Democrats said in December that the appointment appeared to violate Department of Justice regulations.
Durham’s office has given no updates on the investigation, which began in 2019.
The only criminal charges to be brought from the probe left a former FBI lawyer—who acknowledged fabricating evidence against Carter Page, a former Trump campaign associate—on probation, with no jail time.
Questioned on whether Durham’s probe would actually produce results, Nunes said that Durham has power and “shouldn’t be corrupted.”
If he is, then it would come down to Attorney General Merrick Garland, he said, “and that would be a big issue, especially if Republicans get control back of the Congress because we have subpoena power.”
Nunes is the former top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee. He is responsible for unearthing crucial information about how U.S. intelligence agencies made numerous major errors in probing Trump and his campaign, particularly with regard to how they relied on an unsubstantiated dossier compiled by an ex-British spy, Christopher Steele, who was openly pro-Hillary Clinton and anti-Trump.