House Republicans are prepared to send criminal referrals to the Justice Department alleging that some of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors purposefully misled the courts and Congress.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told investigative journalist John Solomon that his team found glaring evidence of deception while scouring documents recently released by the FBI, including witness reports known as 302s.
“We’re now going through these 302s, and we’re going to be making criminal referrals on the Mueller dossier team, the people that put this Mueller report together,” Nunes said during an interview on the John Solomon Reports podcast.
In one instance, Mueller’s deputies seem to have distorted FBI interview memos of key figure George Papadopoulos, concluding wrongly that he was trying to thwart or frustrate the investigation’s efforts to question Mifsud, when the 302 show that he was actually trying to be helpful.
— Devin Nunes (@DevinNunes) February 24, 2020
According to the sentencing memo signed by [Aaron] Zelinsky and fellow Mueller prosecutors Jeannie Rhee and Andrew Goldstein: Papadopoulos’ “lies undermined investigators’ ability to challenge the Professor or potentially detain or arrest him while he was still in the United States. The government understands that the Professor left the United States on February 11, 2017 and he has not returned to the United States since then.”
But FBI 302 reports detailing agents’ interviews with Papadopoulos show that he had in fact supplied information that would have enabled investigators to challenge or potentially detain or arrest Mifsud while he was in the United States.
Mueller’s Special Counsel team—as President Trump often complained—was packed with partisan Democrats, including Zelinsky, Rhee, and Goldstein.
Goldstein worked in the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Southern District of New York under ousted U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, a frequent critic of President Trump.
Rhee was Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Obama Administration under Attorney General Eric Holder.
She represented Hillary Clinton in a 2015 lawsuit that sought access to her private emails, and represented the Clinton Foundation in a 2015 racketeering lawsuit. Rhee also represented ex-Obama National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes in same lawsuit.
Rhee donated to Obama in 2008 and 2012 and maxed out her donations in both 2015 and 2016 to Clinton’s presidential campaign, giving a total of $5,400.
Conservatives suspected all along that given the partisan make-up of Mueller’s team, they would employ sketchy tactics to take down the president.
Nunes told Solomon that the new FBI memos provide “our first evidence of the Mueller team lying to the court. It’s a lie. It’s a total lie.”
He added: “I always assumed that Papadopolis probably was helpful. I mean, he’s kind of alluded to that, that he offered to be helpful, but we had never seen the actual 302s.”
On Fox News’ Ingraham Angle Monday night, the California congressman argued that the Mueller prosecutors who lied “need to be held accountable.”
“We will be making some type of criminal referral,” he told host Laura Ingraham. Nunes added, “it’s not okay to lie to a federal judge, especially about something so serious as somebody who’s going to be indicted to serve prison time.”
Nunes, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, is widely credited for exposing evidence that the FBI abused the FISA process in order to spy on the Trump campaign in the Russia case.