Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) sent letters to the heads of the CIA, NSA, FBI and DOJ late Friday requesting information pertaining to the mysterious Maltese professor who allegedly told Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos that the Russians had thousands of Hillary Clinton’s emails.
In his letters, Nunes requested “copies of all the information in your departments’ and agencies’ possession related to Joseph Mifsud, including emails, all relevant reports and records of his contact with any elements of the U.S. government.”
Nunes accused the special counsel of “cherry picking” only information that would be damaging to President Trump and even continuing the FBI’s practice of using circular intelligence reporting, a fraudulent method of confirming intelligence. In 2016, officials at the Department of Justice and FBI leaked information to the media and after the stories were reported, they used those reports to justify further investigations.
“One of the things that we’re finding is, is that they used numerous, dozens of news stories. Now, remember, these are the same guys that were leaking classified information. So you had FBI leakers that would leak to the news. They do a fake news story. Then that news story would then get — now we see was picked up in many cases and used by the Mueller dossier team,” Nunes explained. “I mean, we paid — we paid $30 million for this?”
He added: “We’re trying to get to the bottom of Mifsud, so as we talked about it on the last segment this guy originates the investigation. We know that as the Mueller team wrote this Mueller dossier, they used a lot of these news stories that sometimes were generated by leaks from the FBI. Now I don’t think the American people expect 20 DOJ lawyers and 40 FBI agents to write a 450-page report that’s built off of news stories that in many cases they generated,” he explained.
The congressman continued, “I particularly have a problem with this with one of the stories is because they pick a news story and then they cherry-pick from it, so they use it partly to describe where Mifsud worked, but then they fail to say in that same story, that they have given support to by using it in the Mueller dossier, they cherry-pick it and they don’t use that Mifsud was described as a ‘western intelligence asset.’”
Nunes pointed out that Link Campus, the university in Malta where Mifsud worked and where he first met Papadopoulos, was frequently used by the FBI for training personnel.
“So how is it that we spend 30+ million dollars on [the Mueller investigation], as taxpayers, and they can’t even tell us who Joseph Mifsud is?” the congressman asked.
Nunes added that he believes Mifsud has ties to the U.S. State Department and that he was invited to the U..S Capitol in 2017.
“And remember, why is Mifsud so important?” Nunes asked. “Because Mueller, the Mueller dossier team, they essentially make this guy out to be a Russian asset under the control of Putin, said that he has ties to these Russians. Sound familiar? ”
“So, this is the origination of this investigation and it seems like Mifsud has an awful lot of ties to U.S., British, and Italian intelligence services,” he said.
Nunes told Bartiromo that it’s not a matter of whether of not the Trump campaign was spied on. “What I want to know is how many spies — with an ‘S’ — were involved in this,” he said.
“I never knew that you could use counter-intelligence capabilities –these are the capabilities that we have in our government to go after and target terrorists — I never knew that you could actually go out and use those capabilities to spy on Americans,” Nunes noted sadly. “Look, we don’t know all this for sure, but we have strong suspicions that that is exactly what was happening.”
It’s now clear that the entire Russia investigation was “formally opened on false pretenses,” as former U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy explained in National Review on Monday. And it looks increasingly like the special counsel continued the investigation in an effort to cover up the Obama administration’s malfeasance. Perhaps that’s why Nunes keeps referring to the Mueller report as a “dossier.”