In an interview on Wednesday, House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes described "bizarre behavior" from Democrats with regard to his investigation into the origin of the controversial anti-Trump 'Steele dossier.' Nunes said that what he has seen tells him Democrats are "very, very nervous" about what he might find out about the dossier.
Nunes told Fox News that Rep. Adam Schiff was among the first to visit the Justice Department to review newly released classified documents about the dossier's origins, even though he had previously argued that there was no reason to investigate the matter.
"When my investigators first got [to the Justice Department to review to documents], there were four other staffers from the other side of the aisle, including a member of Congress: The ranking member of our committee," Nunes told Fox News Channel's Sandra Smith on Wednesday night. Schiff is the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. Nunes also noted that two of the Democratic staffers he mentioned worked for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Nunes said it is a "very bizarre" for Schiff and the Democrats to be so interested in the documents because they had opposed issuing the subpoena to access them in the first place. "Here's the bizarre part of this: They didn't support the subpoena. They said there was no reason to see this documentation -- so I don't know why they would run down there and be the first people to review the information," Nunes wondered.
"That tells me that they're very, very nervous about this dossier, who paid for it, and what we Republicans are going to find out about it," Nunes speculated. "And I'm sure that they want to know about this so they can figure out what narrative they're going to create to try to get us off the scent of what actually happened here."
"There has been obstruction be the media, by the Democrats, by the DNC," he said about the investigation into the origins of the dossier. "This goes on and on and on. Including obstruction from the executive branch of government!"
"What we still have yet to determine is who from the Democratic Party knew about this dossier [and] who or what was this used for by the FBI," Nunes also said in the Wednesday interview. Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said in an interview on Sunday that it is possible the dossier had been used as a justification to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on Trump associates during the 2016 campaign.
"What I do not know is: Did the FBI or DoJ use this dossier that was funded by the Democratic Party and the Hillary campaign to open up investigations into political campaigns or American citizens," Nunes said.